The Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center in Rochester, Minnesota, complements clinical training and competency assessment across the continuum of learning for health care professionals.

Through simulation, learners can better master clinical medical technology and complex patient care delivery. The simulation center is used to teach health care team members across disciplines and roles to understand their roles and communicate effectively.

The simulation center is a precursor to a virtual hospital. Teams of Mayo Clinic educators collaborated across departments and disciplines to create the facility.

The simulation center applies new technologies to improve clinical learning and patient care and reduce patient risk. Computer software and other devices allow learners to practice specific diagnostic and surgical techniques. The simulation center offers three primary types of simulation in realistic patient care settings:

  • Actors who portray standardized patients
  • Full-size patient manikins
  • Task trainers
Nov. 01, 2016