Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center
The primary goal of the high-fidelity Medical Simulation
Center (SIM Center) is to provide invaluable experiences for
students in a number of programs including the planned Doctor of
Nursing Practice Program to be offered in the fall of 2012. The
SIM Center will also support revenue-generating development
opportunities for regional health professionals and provide
revenue-generating human performance services to local citizens.
Simulation experiences typically involve high-fidelity
medical mannequins which can be remotely controlled to enact
planned scenarios demonstrating various clinical events. The
simulation experiences are video-taped (typically with multiple
cameras) for later review by instructor and students.
Alternatively, ‘standardized patients’ (trained actors) may
interact with student clinicians and portray various illnesses
(e.g. mental health symptoms). The interactions between student
and ‘standardized patient’ are filmed for later review and
There are several important reasons for using simulation
within health care education including:
Allowing students to have experiential learning where
clinical opportunities are limited or entirely not available
(e.g., neonatal intensive care, pediatric acute care,
Providing students with exposure to simulated symptoms of
rare events that if not identified in the clinical setting
would most assuredly result in death or harm.
Simulating invasive procedures that pose real risks to
actual patients, and
Reducing litigable risk to the student and the
institution by using simulators instead of real patients.
Salisbury University purchased four medical condominium units
at the Pine Bluff Medical Center South located at 106 Pine Bluff
Road in Salisbury to be converted into the University’s SIM
Center. These existing units were previous medical and
rehabilitation (physical) facilities. The existing total gross
square footage of these four spaces is approximately 4,825 GSF.
It is located 1 block south of the main campus and is within a
short walking distance from Devilbiss Hall.
The vision for the Salisbury University Medical Simulation
Center targets three main goals:
Enhancing nursing, respiratory care, medical lab science,
and other health care-related education at Salisbury
- Improved educational experiences for students by
allowing students to practice technical skills and
scenarios more realistically in a controlled and
- Increased enrollments in healthcare courses (e.g.,
Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Applied Health
- Improved graduate self-confidence and performance of
duties entering the workforce.
Increasing the ability of Salisbury University to offer
continuing medical education courses including standardized
courses from several professional organizations (e.g.
American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics,
and Society of Critical Care Medicine) and as may be
required by new licensure paradigm in Nursing.
Providing an opportunity for Salisbury University to
offer sophisticated human performance analysis and training
to the community. The M.S. program in Applied Health
Physiology (AHPH) and undergraduate program in Exercise
Science train their graduates to work with patients/clients
in rehabilitation, fitness and/or sport performance.
Currently, the programs teach techniques of evaluating
physical fitness (e.g., VO₂ Max Testing, Lactate Threshold
Testing, Body Fat Analysis, etc.). Developing a Human
Performance Center where these measurements could easily be
measured on subjects would provide a valuable learning lab
for APHP and Exercise Science students. In addition, a Human
Performance Lab could be a revenue-generating resource that
provides valuable services for community members.
This need is magnified by program growth (including the
planned DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program); the high
quality of simulation facilities at our competitor institutions;
and the regional lack of access to pediatric, obstetric, and
other types of clinical experiences.