Simulation Center offers realistic medical training, no risk to 'patients'
An $11 million teaching center opened at Upstate Medical University recently that allows for the simulation of real-time responses to medical emergencies and procedures. The new Sim Center is meant to improve patient safety and patient care, explain Darren Carboni, the director of interprofessional education and university simulation, and Erik Rufa, MD, the director of education in the Sim Center. The 8,600-square foot space includes rooms that look just like hospital rooms and surgical suites, including high-tech mannequins to be used for medical simulations. Hands-on technical skills will be practiced. Medical, nursing and other students also will learn teamwork, communication, decision making, leadership and how to prioritize under pressure, they say.