Facility Description

The Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center is a 6,000 square foot state-of-the-art simulated learning environment offering resources to advance a comprehensive inter-professional 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 Center includes a lounge area, grand conference room, debriefing rooms, three simulation suites with attached observation control rooms, instructor touchdown, administrative suite and a task training / virtual reality suite.


Lounge Area

The lounge area serves as the waiting area for guests. It includes computer drop stations, donor wall, contemporary style seating, hardwood floors, and large display monitors.


Grand Multifunctional Conference Room

The grand conference room serves as a place for orientation, didactic instruction, workshops, etc. It seats 28 comfortably. The flexible design and interior furnishings allow the room to be used for a wide spectrum of educational purposes. The equipment includes projection screens, projectors, wide screen monitors, pan tilt cameras, white board, and podiums. The room is wired and wireless and has the ability for teleconferencing. The large room can be divided into two small conference rooms by an automatic vertically retractable acoustical wall.


Debriefing Rooms

There are two debriefing rooms. The rooms will serve primarily for debriefing but will also serve as computer-based simulation instruction areas. Each room seat 10 comfortably and include wired and wireless capabilities. Both are separately equipped with a large monitor, smart board, white board, two pan tilt cameras, a projector and screen, and a podium. The rooms are divided by an automatic vertically retractable acoustical wall but can be configured as one large room. 


Simulation Suites

There are four simulation suites that are multifunctional to allow multidisciplinary educational events. Each simulation suite has a control room with one-way mirrored glass, Steris surgical scrub sinks, compressed air piped in and vacuum suction.


Mock OR Simulation Suite

The mock OR is a large simulation suite designed to resemble a real operating room. It includes an operating table, Berthold boom, multiple wide screen monitors, pan tilt cameras and all other equipment specific to an OR.


Medium Simulation Suite

This suite is designed for labor and delivery, intensive care and emergency room encounters. The room is equipped with the appropriate headwalls respective to the type of care needed for the simulation. The space includes birthing suite furnishings, incubator, large monitors, and pan tilt cameras.

Small Simulation Suite
The small simulation suite houses a pediatric simulator and can be used for task trainer courses. The room is similar to the mock OR and medium simulation suite in that it is equipped with pan tilt cameras, projection monitors, and a headwall.



Task Training / Virtual Reality Suite

This suite is designed for learner groups up to 20 - 25. The space is a dry lab. The suite includes stainless steel mobile tables with the capability to be adjusted for learner comfort and task requirements. The entire room can be configured in many ways. The perimeter of the room accommodates advanced learning on virtual reality trainers such as the LapSim, GI Bronch Mentor, Vimedix Ultrasound Simulator, an Anatomage Table and FLS trainers. There is an instructor station which allows for a demonstration to be projected on numerous cameras and monitors located in the room.


Instructor Touchdown



 

The instructor touchdown area is external to the center and serves as a pre-staging area for faculty immediately before a course. The space includes office equipment, workstations, Xerox machine, lockers, and a coffee bar.


Technology



The simulation center includes a comprehensive technology infrastructure. Powered by B-Line Medical with the audiovisual solutions designed by Human Circuit, the Center is able to capture, record, and store events throughout the facility. With the use of an in-situ mobile system, the Center has the capability to become portable and implement scenarios external to the center at the bedside.