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University of Mississippi Medical Center Interprofessional Simulation Center

Two of five floors in the new School of Medicine building at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) are the hub for simulation-based learning. This new, 63,500-square foot center serves the medical center’s healthcare providers and students as well as outside groups, such as the Army National Guard.

Previously each of these simulation-based focus groups were located on campus and throughout the community. Centralizing these groups’ efforts and facilitating interdisciplinary involvement became a priority during the planning of the new School of Medicine.

As part of planning process CDFL worked to create a fully functioning mock-up of the new center’s high fidelity laboratory layout within the existing space. The mock-up utilizes demountable partitions and donated equipment, and will serve as a usable high fidelity lab while the new School of Medicine building is under construction.

The six high fidelity simulation lab modules supporst team-based learning, as well as train practitioners and students on a variety of situations. These situations range from addressing a complete power failure during a complex surgery, to triaging a multi­patient emergency, to practicing basic bedside skills in a pediatric hospital. These highly flexible spaces incorporate panelized wall systems and hidden wire raceways to make the incorporation of new healthcare environment technologies easier.

+ is a dynamic team working together

robertRob Farr, Principal in Charge
ronald-fenderRon Fender, Electrical Engineer
Katie_Jo_ChaneKatie Jo Chane, Interior Designer

The simulation center will incorporate the following types of spaces:


part task training spaces with ACLS and BCLS credentialing


person dry computer lab for computer based simulations


person flexible wet lab for part task training and skills development


unit standardized patient center modeled after United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills (USMCL Step 2 CS) testing centers


high fidelity simulation lab modules, each with different range of flexibility, dedicated debriefing space, and control room


research based high fidelity simulation lab module


virtual reality training spaces


support and administrative spaces

4 types of fidelity groups used in simulation-based education:

1. Part Task Trainers:

These body parts train learners on facing the unique challenges of specific areas of the body.

2. High Fidelity Trainers:

These partial to full body mannequins perform more complex tasks such as acting as a car crash victim or even becoming a birthing simulator.

3. Simulated Patients:

Real life patients, known as standardized patients, play the role of patients in non-invasive simulations. These actors are trained on a specific scenario and help students and providers work on communication and diagnosis skills.

4. Computer Generated Simulators:

Known as virtual reality trainers, computer generated simulators produce real time treatment outcomes and forecasting, demonstrating the ways in which pieces of equipment operate.