Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center is becoming a “reality”

Progress continues on construction of Hennepin County Medical Center’s Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center (ISEC), scheduled to open this summer in the lower level of the HCMC Parking Ramp. (Also see the December 2, 2011 “Network Feature: Simulation, the next best thing to learning from a real patient.” 

The center will provide a guided, safe environment for trainees to practice real-life medical situations and procedures, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and safety. As the first teaching hospital in Minnesota and a leader in medical education, HCMC is excited to offer this state-of-the-art educational setting.

“In recent years, simulation has revolutionized medical education,” said Dr. Danielle Hart, HCMC’s Director of Simulation. “The development of this center is integral to our continued ability to educate health care professionals for the future – at HCMC and across the region.”

The center is being constructed in two phases. When it opens its doors after completion of Phase I, ISEC will be approximately half of its final size of 10,000 square feet. It will include multiple rooms for mannequin-based and standardized patient-based simulation scenarios, procedural skills training, and a large training room for group discussion. The high fidelity rooms, which will appear very similar to patient care areas in the hospital, will be fully wired with audio and video capabilities have one-way glass for observation.

Funding for construction of ISEC was obtained with support from the Hennepin Health Foundation. Learn more at

HCMC NETWORK FEATURE: Emergency Department pioneered in ultrasound use and leads today

Recent dramatic save in Coon Rapids shows benefits of HCMC residency training

Dr. Tom Wyatt and Dr. Eric Haug, graduates of the HCMC Emergency Medicine residency program, recently made clinical headlines with a dramatic save and article in Annals of Emergency Medicine about the first-reported Emergency Department thoracotomy for post-ablation tamponade (see HCMC NETWORK FEATURE: Patient’s chest opened to save life:  MDs credit HCMC medical training).   Crediting skilled teamwork with colleagues at Mercy Hospital for the good outcome, they also emphasized the importance of their HCMC Emergency Medicine residency training, including extensive training in the use of bedside Emergency Department (ED) ultrasound, which was pioneered at HCMC. Continue reading “HCMC NETWORK FEATURE: Emergency Department pioneered in ultrasound use and leads today”