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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Center for Healthcare Simulation (CHS)
Pioneering Immersive & Simulation Based Learning at SUNY Downstate
Student Tech Committee Published 2012 Annual Report
Welcome to the Center for Healthcare Simulation for immersive simulation based learning at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. We are located on the basement level of the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn.
On behalf of the CHS staff, I invite you to explore our present facility and future expansion plans.
Dimitrios Papanagnou, MD
Our high fidelity mannequins permit identification of pathologic physical exam findings and foster the development of clinical reasoning and procedural skills in a zero fault environment. We also utilize Partial Task Trainers allowing trainees to practice specialty specific skills such as endotracheal intubation, central and peripheral line placement, pericardiocentesis, transvenous pacemaker insertion, and other invasive procedures. Compact ultrasound systems and tissue phantoms permit our trainees to learn and practice ultrasound-guided techniques for invasive procedures such as thoracentesis, paracentesis, vascular access and regional anesthesia. Our facility integrates proprietary computer based learning systems for tracking educational sessions and for managing and serving clinical educational content. We are presently developing a live Standardized Patient program involving trained actors that play the roles of patients, family members or others to foster history taking, physical exam, and communication skills.
Our collaborative partners and end users at SUNY Downstate include