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The VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety is a collaboration between the VCU School of Medicine and the VCU Health System. Undergraduate medical students practice technical skills and procedures, observe principles of basic science applied in clinical setting, and learn to interact with, assess, diagnose and manage acutely ill patients. Residents learn more complex procedures, demonstrate the ability to assess and manage patients in a complex system, and hone teamwork and behavioral skills necessary for optimal work in a crisis. Practitioners of all disciplines within the health system work together in simulations focused on optimizing team processes to achieve high-quality outcomes.

Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety

The Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety, located on the second floor of North Hospital, is a 5,000-square-foot facility containing environments simulating operating rooms, delivery rooms and critical care and acute patient care settings, a classroom that accommodates 25 people and a central control room. The center houses nine full-body high-fidelity manikins: five adults, including a birthing manikin, two pediatric manikins and two infant manikins. Virtual-reality task trainers help students develop skills in endoscopy, bronchoscopy, cardiac and abdominal ultrasonography, and laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Other task trainers support procedural training in airway management, lumbar puncture, central-line insertion, fundamental laparoscopic and open surgical skills, and multiple other skills.

Standardized Patient Program

The VCU Standardized Patient Program is designed to provide standardized patients with highly nuanced training and case-specific instruction. This allows faculty to have complete control in crafting simulations to specifically meet their learning objectives. VCU’s SP’s can provide objective feedback and assessment data on interview, history taking and examination skills via case-specific checklists and other measures as designated by faculty. The program is also involved in ongoing research to improve health care communication training, assessment and educational models. Our patients span a wide range of demographics and can be trained to facilitate a broad variety of cases and encounters.

Full-time education, IT and administrative support staff members are dedicated to helping faculty develop and implement simulations to enrich the experience of learners at all levels throughout the institution.

For more information, visit the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety website.