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Simulation Center Services

Patient Care Simulation

The main focus of patient care simulation is to provide training in essential patient care skills in a safe, reproducible and supportive environment. Emphasis is placed on meeting core competency measures inclusive of effective teamwork and crisis management skills (of common and/or high-risk, low-volume medical conditions).

Computer driven mannequin simulators are programmed to aid in delivery of goals and objectives of curricula developed for particular learner groups.  Simulated patient care experiences unfold (through physical and physiologic computer driven responses) based on clinical management decisions and interventions made by learners. Briefing, active experiential learning and immediate post-training debriefing models are utilized in patient care simulation for individuals, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams of providers.  Audiovisual monitoring of performance along with facilitator guidance of curriculum implementation take place in a control room and adjacent classroom space is available for preparatory and/or summary education. 

Though the majority of patient simulation training takes place in the Simulation Center, a significant expansion in the in-situ simulation programs has increased the clinical ward-based training that is provided to healthcare team members across various disciplines.

Goldberg Surgical Skills Laboratory

The main focus of curricula applied in the Goldberg Surgical Skills Laboratory is to improve procedural and technical skills of undergraduate and graduate learners as well as practicing healthcare providers.

The Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab provides opportunities for healthcare professionals to develop, practice and hone fundamental and advanced skills using simulated models of human body tissues, bench-top task training devices and computer-assisted procedural task training tools.  Application of cognitive and technical components of procedural skills training occurs through facilitator guided instruction coupled with performance assessment and immediate feedback. Curriculum application includes progressive advancement based on competency-based performance and on learner-based customized progression methods. Training of individuals and teams up to 20 learners occurs on a regular basis with audiovisual capture monitoring available from the Simulation Center control room.

The Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab is a recognized SAGES Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Certification Center as well as SAGES Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) Certification Center.

Skills Instruction

Training is offered for a wide range of procedures, including but not limited to:

  • basic laparoscopic skills 
  • advanced laparoscopic techniques
  • FLS skills training and certification
  • FES skills training and certification
  • virtual reality simulation
  • robotic surgery
  • endoscopy (upper and lower)
  • open enteric anastomosis techniques
  • open vascular anastomosis techniques
  • intravenous and intraosseus access skills
  • arterial puncture skills
  • urinary and gastric catheter insertion
  • lumbar puncture skills 
  • bedside non-invasive ultrasound use
  • advanced operative ultrasound use
  • wound closure skills
  • tube thoracostomy training
  • central venous catheter training
  • adult and pediatric airway management


Curricula implemented in our education programs are derived from simulation educator and champion driven efforts as well as borrowed materials from resources such as AAMC MedEd Portal, TeamSTEPPS, INACSL, American Heart Association ACLS/PALS, SAGES and the American College of Surgeons ACS/APDS Phase I, II, and III technical skills and patient care team-based modules.