Clinical Simulation Laboratory faculty have established a reputation for successfully implementing innovative and effective clinical training programs. A variety of simulation techniques and methodologies are utilized in the CSL. Our team offers training as needed for individual faculty members.

Simulation Methodologies

A variety of simulation methodologies are utilized in the Clinical Simulation Laboratory. The Clinical Simulation Laboratory will offer the required training as needed for individual faculty members.

Technical skill training: the use of task trainers which typically focus on single skills, such as urinary catheterization, central line insertion, lumbar puncture, suturing, chest tube insertion, etc.

Virtual reality simulation: computer-generated graphics to provide realistic training environments that help learners practice procedural skills including laparoscopy, arthroscopy, endoscopy, bronchoscopy, ultrasound and robotic surgery.

Standardized patient simulations: actors who have been specially trained to accurately portray specific roles or conditions - are used in conjunction with simulation technologies.

High-fidelity simulations: high end human patient simulators, crisis management skills, procedural skills, multi-disciplinary training, and extensive debriefing.

Debriefing: learners are given the opportunity to review and reflect on the actions that they took during the simulation and discuss key learning points which can then be applied to real life situations.

Interprofessional Training: bringing together individuals, groups and teams for hands-on learning experiences designed to improve clinical, collaborative, and communication skills.

Cate Nicholas, EdD, MS, PA
Director of Simulation Education & Assistant Professor of Family Medicine


"The benefit of simulation is that we can provide whatever you need, whenever you need it, tailored to the learner. So, if medical students need to know how to manage a 23-year-old woman with a migraine with aura, we can give you twelve 23-year-olds with migraine with aura on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m." - Cate Nicholas