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Our simulation labs

In VCU’s specialized state-of-the-art facilities, students can experience clinical situations similar to those they will later encounter in clinics and hospitals. By practicing interventions and techniques with fewer time constraints under the watchful eyes of faculty, they learn without placing patients at risk. Because VCU’s interactive labs are able to simulate a variety of learning environments, the shift from lab to patient bedside or operating room is close to seamless.

Technology

While VCU offers a variety of simulation tools, including static task trainers, the university is constantly updating the high-fidelity equipment used in virtual learning situations. Some of the simulation systems at VCU include:

  • Image Guided Implantology: Image-guided navigation software designed to achieve the highest level of accuracy during dental implant placement
  • Image Navigation DentSim: Computerized simulation system used for dental training and practice
  • Gaumard Scientific Noelle: Maternal and neonatal birthing simulator
  • Laerdal SimBaby: Full-scale interactive infant patient simulator for team training
  • Laerdal SimNewB: Interactive newborn patient simulator designed with the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Laerdal SimJunior: Full-scale interactive pediatric simulator designed with the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Laerdal SimMan®: Portable advanced full-body patient simulator for team training
  • Laerdal SimMan® 3G: Wireless advanced full-body patient simulator for team training
  • Medical Education Technologies Inc. HPS®: Fully automatic, high-fidelity patient simulator designed for training in anesthesia, respiratory and critical care
  • METI Pedia-Sim ECS: Full-body emergency-care simulator for team training
  • METI iStan: Wireless full-body simulator
  • SimuLab Corp. Trauma Man: Patient simulator designed for students to practice surgical procedures

A multidisciplinary approach

Safety demands that health care be a team sport, bringing multiple disciplines together around clinical care. Simulation provides an educational platform for multidisciplinary team training in a safe, controlled and appropriate environment. At VCU, you will often find students from different disciplines collaborating in simulation exercises, making patient rounds, practicing patient-to-provider communication and developing priorities in care. Participants learn firsthand what it means to work together in high-pressure situations.