Welcome to the Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center at the UNC School of Medicine. Located in Burnett-Womack since January 2006, the CSPSC is the primary facility for teaching and assessing clinical skills to our students.
The 1800-square-foot center houses 15 fully functioning patient examination rooms, a monitoring room for viewing student encounters, two 30-person classrooms, and a 10-person auxiliary classroom. Our patient simulation lab, located on the sixth floor of Berryhill, houses a wide array of simulators and task trainers.
Students at the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Public Health all utilize the patient examination rooms to interview and examine Standardized Patients (SPs). SPs are members of the community hired and trained to portray a case scenario for the students to learn and practice communicating with patients. Every encounter is recorded by two cameras, and all video and written data is captured by the B-Line Medical Clinical Skills System for assessments. Our institution is a member school of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE).
Medical Simulation is a growing but important method for medical education. Simulation allows individuals to practice invasive procedures without risk to real people. Our Patient Simulation Lab hosts high-fidelity adult, child, and infant simulators capable of demonstrating physiological responses to acute interventions by the learners. Used by medical students and residents, the simulation lab also uses lower-fidelity models and task trainers for teaching and practicing airway management, catheterization, ACLS, and more. Our institution is a member school of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).