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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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State-of-the-Art Medical Simulation Center Opens at Howard University
Center provides students with risk-free, hands-on hospital experience

WASHINGTON (January 21, 2014) – Howard University has built a new $5 million virtual medical training facility to advance the education of future doctors and healthcare professionals. The center provides students with risk-free, hands-on hospital experience using cutting-edge technology.

“This interdisciplinary Health Sciences Simulation Center will enhance our training of the next generation of America’s physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals,” said Wayne A.I. Frederick, Interim President of Howard University. “The Center is a part of our long-standing commitment to excellence and meeting the health needs of the nation.”

The simulation center, a 6,000-square-foot facility, is a simulated hospital environment that will promote improved communication skills between healthcare workers and their patients. It represents the latest major investment by Howard University in capital projects that extend its leadership in advanced scientific education. When the Simulation Center opens its doors this month, it will serve as an integral part of training for more than 800 health science students on campus. Howard University Health Sciences is home to more than 20 academic programs, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and physical and occupational therapy.

“The center was specifically designed to promote inter-professional simulation-based education for all levels of healthcare professionals using the latest technology and equipment,” said Dr. Debra Ford, Medical Director of the Simulation Center. “This high-tech educational space affords our students the opportunity for deliberate practice in a team-based environment and aids in continuing Howard University’s legacy of producing compassionate and caring global healthcare professionals.”
The new facility houses five high-tech human patient simulators that generate pulses and other vital signs. The physical space consists of an operating room, an intensive care/emergency room and a task training/surgical skills suite. Students will be able to practice medical procedures and experience the type of real-world decision-making challenges generally reserved for interns, residents and fully trained health professionals.

The Simulation Center will complement the Clinical Skills Center, which provides an opportunity for medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied health students, residents training at Howard University Hospital and medical fellows to practice treating patients in a controlled environment. The 5,000-square-foot facility includes 10 patient examination rooms, an observation room, a master control room, a conference room and a break area. The examination rooms are fully equipped to simulate a doctor’s office. They also have cameras and a microphone to record interactions for later review by students and professors. The observation room allows faculty to watch students and provide immediate feedback. Tamara Owens is the administrative director of both the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers.

Key Howard Facts

  • Howard University, a leader in doctoral education, awarded 96 Ph.D. degrees in 2013, maintaining the University’s role since 1996 as the producer of the most on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients in the United States.

  • In 2009 and 2013, the National Science Foundation named Howard University the top producer of undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the sciences and engineering.

  • The College of Medicine ranks among the top three schools meeting the nation’s medical needs and social mission.

  • The Pharmacy Class of 2012 achieved 100% first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX Board Exam.

  • The College of Dentistry produces more than 20% of the nation's African-American and dentists of color annually.

To donate to the Health Sciences Simulation Center Campaign, visit here. For more information, visit here.


The Howard University Health Sciences (HUHS) Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art simulated learning environment offering resources to advance a comprehensive simulation healthcare education program. The center has the capacity for improvised technology, computer-based simulation, task training simulation, virtual reality simulation and manikin-based simulation. The mission of the HUHS Simulation Center is to provide the ideal environment to advance inter-professional education, and to teach fundamental and advanced clinical and technical skills in the health sciences enterprise.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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