A sim tech oversees a simulation as it unfolds.

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 7,500 sq ft facility that houses 16 patient examination rooms, two classrooms, and two fully equipped patient simulation labs.

Students at the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health, and beyond utilize the patient examination rooms to interview and examine Standardized Patients (SPs). SPs are members of the community 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.

Medical simulation is an important method for medical education. Simulation is a cornerstone of patient safety, allowing learners to hone their skills without risk to real people. Our Patient Simulation Lab hosts 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 a variety of skills.

Please note that the CSPSC will be moving to a new home at UNC’s Ambulatory Care Center this summer. Check back soon for further updates.