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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Center for Healthcare Simulation

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Pioneering Immersive & Simulation Based Learning at SUNY Downstate

Stan and Friends

Welcome to the Center for Healthcare Simulation for immersive simulation based learning at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. We are located on the lower basement level of the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn.

We invite you to explore our present facility and future expansion plans.

Jane Kim, MD

Medical Director

Aleida Llanes-Oberstein, CNM, LM, MS, FACNM, CHSE

Executive Director

Our Facility

  • Provides immersive and simulation based educational programs for students, clinical trainees and faculty throughout the Downstate Medical Center
  • Provides a unique interprofession educational environment where students from all professions work collaboratively over the course of their education to foster professional excellence, teamwork and error reduction
  • Provides a safer environment for patients by using simulation and ultrasound technology in the education, assessment and credentialing of trainees in resuscitative, invasive and surgical procedures
  • Supports research and development of new immersive and simulation based educational programs
  • Pioneers new technologies in medical education

Our Equipment

Male simulator in prone position

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 collaborative partners and end users at SUNY Downstate include

  • College of Health Related Professions
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn
  • University Hospital of Brooklyn