Center for Healthcare Simulation

Pioneering Immersive & Simulation Based Learning at SUNY Downstate


Main entrance

Welcome to the Center for Healthcare Simulation for immersive simulation based learning at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. We are located on the third floor of the Public Health Academic Building (PHAB) SUNY Downstate 450 Clarkson Avenue.

Jason Lazar, MD - Interim Medical Director

Male simulator in prone position

Our Facility

Our Equipment

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.

Our SP Program

A Standardized Patient (SP) is a person carefully recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of a real patient giving the student an opportunity to learn in a simulated clinical environment. We are pleased to provide a Standardized Patient for our students and faculty onsite. There are no SP's on staff, as the service is provided based on your program need and is discussed as part of your program design in collaboration with CHS staff.

Our collaborative partners and end users at SUNY Downstate include