Simulation Resources and Faculty Development

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At the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation (RCCSS), actual hospital treatment rooms and patients are mimicked in fine detail. This allows professionals and students the opportunity to refine skills in a safe environment that replicates real-world conditions.

Faculty Development

The RCCSS has developed learning modules for faculty interested in learning more about simulation education best practices. Module topics include: Debriefing 101, Introduction to Simulation, Scenario Development and an Ad Astra Scheduling Tutorial.

Please follow the links below for access to these learning tools. Your Rush credentials will be your login to this content. If you would like additional materials or information, please contact us at:

Debriefing 101

Inroduction to SIM

Scenario Development

Ad Astra Scheduling Tutorial

Your ‘patient’ and other learning tools

You will work with high-fidelity manikins that have heartbeats, breathe, and respond to treatment. All physiologic parameters can be adjusted to accurately portray the scenario in fine clinical detail.

Manikins are available across the age spectrum. encompassing premature infants to adults. Specialized adult manikins are capable of reflecting the processes of intubation, anesthetic administration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and labor and delivery.

Clinical task trainers allow you to practice various skills, including surgical procedures, airway management, IV placement, CPR, catheter and arterial line placements, ultrasound technique, and more.

A Web-supported audiovisual system allows you to carefully record and review your work.

Real-world tools include ultrasound equipment, medication dispensing stations and the same clinical communications system found in Rush’s hospital building.

Physicians, nurses, and technicians trained in simulation as an area of specialty are available to assist in the planning of your simulation experience, and to offer expert consultation on simulation-based education and research.

Where you will learn

  • Pediatric Procedure Room: Outfitted with communication systems, wall suction/gases and other tools you would find in such rooms at Rush University Medical Center, the room is supplemented by audiovisual recorders allowing each step to be carefully captured for later review. Pediatric mannequins of various ages are your patients.
  • Anesthesia Operating Room: You will find everything you would find in standard operating rooms and intensive care units: anesthesia and respiratory devices, monitors, anesthesia ventilators, medication dispensing stations and more, allowing for the most realistic training possible.
  • Emergency Medicine and General Medicine Room: A wide array of adult and pediatric mannequins can be used in these room replications. The procedure room is outfitted with real-world communication systems and wall suction/gases, and supplemented with multiple cameras and audio recorders for playback and debriefing.
  • Multi-Patient Procedure Room: Four patient bays are connected to a central control center with observation work stations, creating a perfect setting for high-stakes practice and testing.
  • Debriefing Rooms: Large video monitors connected to a Web-based audiovisual system aid in your debriefing, allowing you to precisely review every step of your work.
  • Surgical Skills Lab: Haptic-based procedural trainers allow learners to practice techniques for laparoscopic and cardio-vascular surgical interventions.