Hallway signage in front of the Clinical Simulation Program facility

CSP Facility

The UW Health Clinical Simulation Program (CSP) provides a sophisticated health care simulation environment to create and support hands-on clinical teaching, assessment, and research.

Housed in an 8,500-square-foot facility within University Hospital (the Clinical Science Center), the Clinical Simulation Program has a realistic clinical corridor with a scrub station, operating room, trauma room and adaptable three-bed ICU/inpatient suite, as well as a wet skills laboratory for tissue-based simulation, a dry skills laboratory for computer-based learning and task training, and didactic learning spaces.

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Immersive Simulation

Within the Clinical Simulation Program facility, we offer a variety of immersive simulation environments such as an inpatient suite, ICU, operating room and trauma bay. Each of these spaces has a functioning, realistic headwall system featuring medical gas, oxygen, suction and electrical outlets, in addition to full audiovisual recording capabilities. Each immersive simulation room has a dedicated control room from which facilitators can observe and assess simulations via a direct observation window.

Off-Site Settings

If you prefer to deliver education in your own clinical setting, we can support you. We are able to provide in situ high-fidelity simulations in units and operating rooms across University Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital, as well as in our regional ambulatory clinics.

CSP provides an outfitted and functioning ambulance to perform high-fidelity simulations for our EMS partners throughout the region. This ambulance allows our team of masters-level educators to provide comprehensive simulation-based activities to community partners without ready access to simulation education.

Procedural Simulation

A clinical simulation learning facility with medical equipment and technology

Several spaces meet procedural simulation needs. The dry skills laboratory features six dedicated Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) stations, as well as a virtual reality room housing ultrasound, endoscopy, endovascular intervention, and robotic surgery simulators. The dry skills laboratory and VR room is accessible 24/7 for independent learning by medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Please visit the simulation center to obtain access.

The wet skills laboratory provides a space for learners and departments to safely and securely perform tissue-based procedural simulations. This facility accommodates human and animal cadaveric educational sessions in a flexible space able to function as one large laboratory, or two smaller laboratories. This space has 13 stainless steel dissection stations with wall suction, flexible lights and individual station monitors to show slides or real-time dissection. Our laboratory houses a wide variety of equipment available for use including surgical instruments, mechanical staplers and cutters, energy devices, and laparoscopic towers, scopes and instruments.

Technology and Equipment

The Clinical Simulation Program uses a comprehensive fleet of high-fidelity manikins and vast selection of task trainers to meet our educational mission. We keep our manikin fleet and library of task trainers updated to provide a realistic, representative, and effective learning experience for learners of various disciplines and levels of training.

Procedural and immersive simulation courses

Each simulation space is equipped with a full array of audiovisual streaming, capture, and playback capabilities. The AV system utilizes CAE Healthcare’s Learning Space (LS) software to enable real-time, remote or post-simulation observation of learning and assessment.

CSP’s custom AV solution adds remarkable flexibility to distribute and display a wide range of digital and analog sources throughout the facility. This unique AV system expands the boundaries of data and video streaming, capture, display and distribution, both inside and outside the simulation facility.

To use the audiovisual capabilities during a simulation, please answer the corresponding question on the application for use form.

Finding Our Facility

The UW Health Clinical Simulation Program is located within University Hospital on the western edge of the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Our center is in the H module on the first floor of the hospital.

After arriving at the hospital parking lot: Enter the building through the clinics entrance on the right and then follow Main Street to the H bank of elevators and go down to the first floor. From the elevator, walk towards the red wall that reads Clinical Simulation Program.

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