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About the Medical Simulation Center

WakeMed Medical Simulation Center is designed to facilitate realistic multi-disciplinary clinical training and education using human patient simulators, educational gaming and other technologies.  Funded by The Duke Endowment, the WakeMed Medical Simulation Center offers education for all levels of healthcare providers throughout the region, including:

  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals employees
  • Wake AHEC students
  • Capital Regional Advisory Committee members
  • Wake Technical Community College students
  • Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) affiliated hospitals 

The Medical Simulation Center features a nurses station, intensive care/trauma suite and a flexible patient care room that can be used for general medical or birthing. Each area is designed to mimic a typical inpatient unit and features the same technology, supplies, equipment and design found in units throughout a hospital.  In the Center, healthcare providers administer treatment to human patient simulators that can bleed, cry, breathe and die.

The goal is to allow clinicians to practice their skills, learn from their mistakes and gain confidence. They also have the opportunity to keep their skills current for those high-risk procedures in which they need to maintain proficiency but rarely have the need to perform.

Based on the concept that "hindsight is 20/20" and that two thirds of the learning process occurs in reflection, the Medical Simulation Center also features an extensive A/V system where every sound and action is recorded. Following a simulation experience, students and educators go immediately to the debriefing room to review the video and critique themselves.

The Medical Simulation Center provides a unique training environment for healthcare providers and is unique in that it can also take simulation experiences outside the walls of the Center and into the hospital or field to create a realistic environment to meet the needs of the customer.  Additionally, the Center offers training to providers across the healthcare continuum, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and first responders alike.

Benefits of Medical Simulation

Through the use of medical simulation training and education, health care providers have the opportunity to:

  • Practice skills in a controlled, yet realistic environment
  • Gain clinical competence and confidence through targeted training exercises
  • Improve and enhance communication all levels of care providers
  • Gain experience with uncommon clinical conditions and infrequently performed procedures
  • Conduct research in a controlled environment
  • Review specific cases and scenarios to identify areas of opportunity

Technology Available in the Medical Simulation Center

Learning Management System (LMS)

Our dedicated LMS provides students with access to all simulation encounters - video, audio and all data recorded throughout the scenario, including vital signs, actions taken, etc.

This allows for self-evaluation, the ability to read feedback provided by facilitators and instructors, and the ability to access scenarios for future reference.

Conference Capabilities

Participants who are unable to make it to the Medical Simulation Center can login remotely, listen and watch all activity through our Polycom conferencing system.

Healthcare Gaming Programs

Unique gaming programs such as Laerdal's MicroSim and Laerdal's HeartCode allow instructors to help learners develop decision-making and critical thinking skills.

Exposure to these programs allows us to conduct a program-specific needs assessment prior to conducting a full simulation exercise.

Learn about our current class offerings for hospitals, physician offices, clinics and skilled nursing facilities by contacting us via email: simulation@wakemed.org.