Breaking: Veterans Affairs SimLEARN to Build New $19.8M Medical City Simulation Center

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Dr. Haru Okuda National Medical Director at SimLEARN at Veterans Health Administration must be pleased to announce that a $19.8 million contract to build a new simulation center building. The rendering above shows off what the new facility will look like, which is slated to be within the Medical City area of Orlando, FL. Congratulations to the SimLearn team!

From the July 10th Official Press Release:

ORLANDO, Florida – The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Chicago-based Archer Western/DeMaria Joint Venture VIII a $19.8 million contract June 27 to build the VA Simulation, Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) National Simulation Center.


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The center, to be located on the campus of the new Orlando VA Medical Center in the Lake Nona “Medical City” area, will serve as the operational hub for coordination of all national VA simulation-based clinical training activities. The SimLEARN program utilizes a train-the-trainer model to quickly and efficiently prepare a cadre of qualified instructors who can in turn deliver world-class simulation- based clinical training at their respective field VA sites, using standardized curricula and equipment. The facility will provide an immersive training environment by replicating actual patient treatment areas, including an outpatient clinic setting, an inpatient/hospital setting with an intensive care unit, an operating room and more. Video recording of training will take place for classroom review, and multipurpose classrooms will have reconfigurable walls to provide a number of room settings.

The location of the National Simulation Center, with its close proximity to other large clinical, educational and research facilities will provide enhanced opportunities for collaborations and research in new clinical simulation technologies and methods. SimLEARN is a national program for advancing clinical simulation training, education and research across VHA. The program is a collaborative effort of VHA’s Employee Education System, Office of Patient Care Services and Office of Nursing Services program offices. 

Learn more about the new building and this amazing program at www.simlearn.va.gov!

UCSD Launches $70 Million Medical Training Center

Wow! Can’t wait to check this one out, hopefully IMSH 2012 will provide tours!  Janet Lavelle from the Sign On San Diego news reports:

UCSD Medical School

(Photo by Peggy Peattie)

“The UC San Diego School of Medicine has opened a $70 million state-of-the-art medical training center — the first since the medical school opened in 1968 — fulfilling a longstanding desire by UCSD to bring all of its training programs under one roof.


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The 100,000-square-foot Medical Education and Telemedicine Center, which opened as classes started last week, combines and expands programs now scattered around the La Jolla campus and at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

The three-story center includes authentic mock-ups of emergency rooms, intensive care units, surgeries and treatment rooms where students, medical faculty and visiting physicians can hone skills using $30 million worth of advanced medical equipment including the latest in laparascopic and robotic surgery.”

Be sure to read the rest of the article, and check out the UCSD Medical School Website.


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