Sim Center revolutionizes medical education


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Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), already a nationally recognized teaching hospital, is opening a brand new, state-of-the art medical simulation facility. The Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center (“Sim Center”), opening January 7, 2013, will support education programs that train more than 20,000 caregivers each year.

Located in the lower level of the state’s first Level I Trauma Center, the 10,000 square foot  Sim Center area provides a safe environment for health care professionals to practice real-life medical situations and procedures in rooms with the equipment found in operating rooms, emergency departments or other treatment areas – including the electronic health record. Continue reading “Sim Center revolutionizes medical education”

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