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Simulation Center

As one of the largest state-of-the-art simulation facilities in the nation, UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Simulation Center creates real-life environments through cutting edge technologies, such as virtual reality, for health care learners to develop in to becoming effective, compassionate, and competent clinicians. Our enhanced simulation program integrates best practice educational theories, high fidelity environments, and innovative teaching modalities.

We provide learning opportunities to all disciplines and practitioner populations promoting UT Southwestern’s vision of the future of medicine, today.

UT Southwestern’s commitment to producing exceptionally trained physicians and to ensuring the highest standards of safety and care has entered an exciting new phase with the Simulation Center.

What is Simulation?

Simulation involves training health care providers for experiences that they’ll encounter in the real world – and helps expand the breadth and depth of their skills by offering a safe environment, where they have the opportunity to reach mastery.

Like the practice of medicine itself, the training of physicians and other health care professionals has evolved as new technologies and methods have appeared.

Today’s training often involves the use of high-tech simulators that closely replicate diseases and conditions that physicians encounter in the real world.

For patients, simulation training enhances the quality and safety of care they receive as providers are better prepared and more proficient during their training years and as they enter practice.

For trainees, simulation provides experiential learning, in real world setting, where they can develop required skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become exceptional clinicians.

Through simulation, learners are exposed to multiple aspects of patient care, giving them an opportunity to practice clinical and behavioral skills, including:

  • Clinical reasoning and decision-making
  • Effective interprofessional teamwork
  • Medical crisis resolution
  • Proper communication
  • Safe and effective procedures

We offer fully integrated simulation-based learning for health care students, residents, and fellows in our graduate medical education program.

Simulation Symposium, May 13, 2020

3rd Annual Simulation-Based Quality Improvement and Research Forum
Presented virtually by the UT Southwestern Simulation Center via Microsoft Teams
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 8 a.m. to noon

  • 4 CEU credits available
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Diane Wayne
  • Register and participate for free
  • Registration deadline is May 12, at 5 p.m. Central Time
  • Receive registration confirmation via Teams

This research forum aims to recognize the tremendous amount of scholarly activity that students, trainees, faculty, scientists, and educators are currently generating within our simulation community. The Simulation Center is delighted to welcome Dr. Diane Wayne as this year’s keynote speaker and would like to thank all our presenters for their upcoming contributions.


  • 8–8:50 a.m.
    Keynote address by Dr. Diane B. Wayne, Vice Dean for Education, the Dr. John Sherman Appleman Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Medical Education, and President of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • 9:05 a.m.– noon
    Research Presentations