About the Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center

Welcome to the Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center (CSPSC) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  Located in Berryhill Hall, the CSPSC is the primary facility for teaching and assessing students' clinical skills.

The CSPSC is a 12,000 sq ft facility that houses 16 patient examination rooms, two classrooms, and two fully equipped patient simulation labs.

Students at the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Education, 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 case scenarios for the students to learn and practice communicating with patients and performing physical examinations.  Every encounter is recorded and captured by CAE LearningSpace.  Our institution is a member school of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE).

Medical simulation is an important method for medical education.  Simulation is a cornerstone of patient safety as it allows individuals to hone their skills without risk to real people.  Our Patient Simulation Lab hosts high-fidelity adult, child, and infant simulators capable of demonstrating physiological responses to 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, basic and advanced cardiac life support, and more.  Our institution is a member school of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).