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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Center for Healthcare Simulation (CHS)

CHS Facility - Current Layout

Our facility is in its first phase of development and consists of 2 patient rooms separated by a control room. We have an iStan, high fidelity robotic mannequin, that facilitates the identification of pathologic physical exam findings and fosters the development of clinical reasoning and procedural skills.

Our partial task trainers include phantom torso's and arms permitting trainees to practice central and peripheral intravenous line placement. A compact ultrasound system and additional tissue phantoms allow our trainees to learn bedside limited ultrasound and to practice ultrasound-guided techniques for invasive procedures.

An integrated computer based learning system tracks educational sessions and manages and serves real time clinical educational content on mounted monitors in the simulated patient rooms.


Debriefing Rooms:

Debriefing by skilled instructors are core to the learning experience. Through constructive debriefing sessions, students observe their digitally recorded simulation sessions. Motivational discussion of performance and errors address specific clinical challenges and polish diagnostic and management skills.

Operating Rooms:

Fully-equipped, reconfigurable rooms simulate surgery, labor and delivery during emergent and routine scenarios. Communication strategies and crisis resource management skills are taught using high fidelity computerized adult and neonatal mannequins. Students are exposed to a range of minimally invasive surgeries and procedures using high fidelity laparoscopic, endoscopic, and intravascular simulators.

Multi-purpose Room:

Students gain proficiency in venous and arterial access, lumbar puncture, suturing, and ear and eye exams utilizing a variety of task trainers in a small group learning environment. Several computers provide virtual learning and computer assisted instruction programs.

Control Rooms:

Behind one-way glass, computer work stations control the simulated scenarios. The rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for viewing, digitally recording, real-time communication, video conferencing and web streaming.

ALRC Facility - Future Expansion

ALRC expansion layour plan

Operating Rooms:

Fully-equipped, reconfigurable rooms simulate surgery, labor and delivery during emergent and routine scenarios. Communication strategies and crisis resource management skills are taught using high fidelity computerized adult and neonatal mannequins. Also, students are exposed to a range of minimally invasive surgeries and procedures using high fidelity laparoscopic, endoscopic, and intravascular simulators.

Patient Rooms:

Pediatric and adult inpatient rooms are fully simulated. Active learning in these real-world rooms enhances the retention and application of target skills and behaviors.

Emergency Department:

Complex medical decision making and emergent procedures are performed on high fidelity adult and pediatric mannequins in the re-created Emergency Department. Students actively learn the early identification and practical management of severe illness while instilling principles of multidisciplinary teamwork.

Standardized Patient Rooms:

Students hone interpersonal skills while interviewing and examining experienced actors in fully equipped exam rooms. The actors play roles of patients and family members enabling students to enhance their communication proficiency in ordinary and difficult situations. The standardized patients provide students with immediate, one-to-one feedback on their performance.

Debriefing Rooms:

Debriefing by skilled instructors are core to the learning experience. Through constructive debriefing sessions, students observe their digitally recorded simulation sessions. Motivational discussion of performance and errors address specific clinical challenges and polish diagnostic and management skills.

Multi-purpose Room:

Students gain proficiency in venous and arterial access, lumbar puncture, suturing, and ear and eye exams utilizing a variety of task trainers in a small group learning environment. Several computers provide virtual learning and computer assisted instruction programs.

Control Rooms:

Behind one-way glass, computer work stations control the simulated scenarios. The rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for viewing, digitally recording, real-time communication, video conferencing and web streaming.