Simulation Training Center


The Simulation Training Center at the
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Improving Patient Care Through Simulation Training

Photo courtesy of ICU Medical, Inc. 

The use of simulation technologies in the medical curriculum has dramatically grown and taken on an ever more important role.  The old mantra of "see one, do one, teach one" has been upgraded using simulation to allow trainees and providers to practice procedures, crisis management and teamwork via simulation.  To support and expand this trend, the UCSD Division of Medical Education has opened the Center for the Future of Patient Care which is composed of 3 parts:

  • Simulation Training Center (STC) - manikin and task trainer based simulations.
    • Manikin based simulation
    • Procedural skills
    • Ultrasound training
    • Teamwork and communication
  • Professional Development Center (PDC) - virtual patient encounters using live simulated patients.
    • History taking
    • Physical exam
    • Difficult discussions
  • Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) - wet labs to allow simulated surgical training.
    • Laparoscopic surgical training
    • Robotic surgical training
    • Virtual endoscopy


Multi-disciplinary courses in the simulated operating room.  Tuan Dang, MD, teaches medical students on central venous access. 


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