University of Michigan opens second Clinical Simulation Center
The University of Michigan opened a second Clinical Simulation Center location that will double the number of physicians, nurses and students who will be able to practice their skills in a simulation training environment. The 7,500 square-foot simulation center will be in the University’s Med Sci II building. The center will function under the same leadership at the existing facility, whichis accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Education Institute, will provide students with real-world scenarios and allow them to practice medical procedures in a high-impact and low-risk clinical setting.
The new Simulation Center will be equipped with a range of adult, child and obstetric manikins with lifelike capabilities. The mannequins are developed to cry, blink, talk, breathe have full heart and lung sounds and EKG tracings and respond to a host of medical interventions so students can the closest experience to that of a real patient.
Students will not only have computer-based simulation modules but also inpatient rooms similar to those in University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Staff members can control the environment and manikins from a control room. Mankins allow students to learn different skills such as chest compressions, defibrillation, birthing and many other lifelike scenarios.
UM’s Clinical Simulation Center will benefit future medical students by allowing them to receive regular feedback and to experience interdisciplinary teams to practice communication, efficiency and performance.