Health Simulation Week celebrates professionals who use simulation to improve safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery. Here in the College of Health Sciences, healthcare simulation plays an important role throughout the year helping students understand and prepare for the challenges they will face while working with patients. It’s a critical bridge between learning in the classroom and actual clinical experience, providing students an opportunity to develop needed skills in communication, clinical judgment and decision-making. 

CHS is marking this global celebration with two events planned. The first is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in McDowell Hall, where visitors can learn how mock injuries are created for training drills, check out an interactive Healthcare Theatre demo and also meet with students who benefit from learning in UD’s simulation spaces. The second event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 on the fourth floor of the Tower at STAR. Visitors can tour the simulation apartment and interprofessional education suite, the newest spaces where students from across campus can gather to get experience working together to improve health. Register for the events by using this link

UD’s state-of-the-art simulation labs resemble current patient care facilities – immersing students in real-life environments. There’s hospital equipment, audiovisual technology, high-fidelity mannequins and patient actors from our unique HealthCare Theatre program, all of which provide an effective learning experience. (You can get a glimpse of what our sim labs are like in this video we made last year for Simulation Week. You can also check out this story about the Healthcare Theatre program.)

The opening of the Tower at STAR provides additional simulation opportunities for students in the College of Health Sciences. The fourth floor focuses exclusively on simulation with two dynamic spaces: an apartment simulation laboratory and interprofessional development labs. The apartment simulation lab, within the Interprofessional Education Simulation Center, provides opportunities for functional status research, home-based healthcare simulations and focus group research. This space can be used by students, educators and researchers across multiple disciplines. The flexibility of the apartment configuration supports community engagement research and research training.

These spaces will help effectively train the next generation of healthcare pre-professionals for the complex nature of team-based, patient-centered health, and social care delivery. Fully immersive and adaptable, these spaces offer hospital, home, and community care settings, as well as emergency situations and full-on disaster simulations.

We are proud of the simulation experiences and research opportunities available to our students. Join us to celebrate our amazing staff and spaces.