The Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center serves all health sciences entities. The Center is used to supplement current curricula offerings and is a laboratory for new offerings. Currently, the center is used by the majority of students in the health science schools and colleges and the Howard University Hospital residency programs. All activities in the simulation center have course names to allow for scheduling. The majority of activities in the simulation center have been developed with the faculty and the simulation team. In addition, the Center is the site for the recurring Neonatal Resuscitation Course, General Surgery Clerkship Pathophysiology Skills Lab and the new College of Medicine's Intern Readiness Course. The Center's team is readily available to assist faculty and others who would like to integrate the use of simulation into their educational offerings.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Healthcare ProfessionsThe Howard University Hospital Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is an integral part of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. Since its inception in March 1991, it has offered Provider, Instructor and Regional Courses resulting in certifications of providers within the hospital and in the greater Washington D.C. community. The NRP program embraces the philosophies of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) on newborn resuscitation.

Personnel to be trained as Providers of neonatal resuscitation are physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and nurses who care for newborns. Training creates a team approach for skilled, coordinated and efficient resuscitation with the ultimate goal of effective and expedient team communication.

The course follows the principles of adult learning. The course includes integrative simulation and debriefing. The simulation activities included in the course are held in the Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center. The course is directed by Dr. Inez Reeves. To contact the NRP Program please call 202-865-1187 or email Dr. Reeves at .

Surgery Clerkship Pathophysiology Skills Lab

Healthcare ProfessionsThe Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center is the site for the College of Medicine Surgery Clerkship Pathophysiology Skills Lab.

This course within the clerkship was developed in 1962 by the late Dr. William Matory, Professor of Surgery. With the support of the late Jose Brillante, Lab Supervisor, the pathophysiology lab was and remains a very important component in the skills development of medical students.

The students use improvised technology and task trainer models to teach:

  • trauma procedures
  • airway management
  • surgical emergency airway procedures
  • central line placement, venous cutdown
  • needle chest decompression
  • tube thoracostomy
  • focus assessment for the sonographic examination of trauma patient (FAST)
  • foley catheter and NG tube placement
  • suturing, and surgical knot tying
  • interosseous access

The students are required to take a suture examination and demonstrate procedures at the conclusion of the clerkship.

Howard University College of Medicine Intern Readiness Course

The Internship Readiness Course (IRC) is mandatory for all year 4 students in the College of Medicine. This course is designed to ensure that all students graduating from the Howard University College of Medicine are exposed to and equipped with important knowledge, skills and behaviors that would lead to success in the first post-graduate year of training. This is accomplished through the use of standardized patients, simulation, didactics and self-learning digital modules.

The course will be administered over a four-week period in March and repeated in April. It will cover technical procedures, interpretation of common laboratory and radiologic studies. In addition, practice with giving bad news, discussing interpersonal communication, professionalism, end-of-life issues, professional development, time management, patient safety processes and the business of medicine will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be on active learning, students will be required to complete online modules prior to classroom sessions, which will then focus on simulation scenarios, clinical exposure with standardized patients, problem solving, learning procedures and interpreting data. There will be several opportunities for individualized feedback and debriefing.