Greenville HealthCare Simulation Center

Our Mission is to improve patient care, patient safety, and healthcare education through the use of advanced instructional technology, which improves the efficiency of learning, effectiveness of learning, patient safety, and increases the value of patient simulation through educational research.

Located on the Greenville Hospital System’s Memorial Campus, the Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center is among the most sophisticated simulation-based learning and research centers in the United States, with 11,500 square feet of purpose-built space equipped with the latest simulation, multi-media and information technology. The Center provides clinical training and continuing education for medical, nursing and allied health students, as well as for practicing providers. It is a member of Healthcare Simulation South Carolina, the only statewide simulation collaborative in the country. Features include:

  • 11 training rooms with audio/video recording capabilities
  • 1 large procedure room
  • 2 large classrooms
  • 2 debrief rooms
  • 3 control rooms
  • More than X adult, child and infant simulators
  • Clinical training and continuing education for medical, nursing and allied health students as well as practicing health professionals
  • Complete staff encompassing medical and administrative director, education consultant, simulation specialists, and administrative support staff

Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center is an important resource for USC School of Medicine Greenville medical students as it provides simulation training that supports the curriculum at each stage of medical students’ training. Training falls into three categories:

  • Skills-based training during which medical students learn things like how to draw blood, start IVs and insert central lines. Training is done on lifelike mannequins so students get comfortable performing basic clinical skills.
  • Team training with medical, nursing and allied health students to develop the necessary clinical and communication skills required to perform as a highly effective, collaborative health care team.
  • Standardized patient training that involves real people who are scripted and trained to simulate patient encounters. Medical students learn how to take histories, develop effective interview skills and examine patients. Standardized patients are often part of the grading process and provide feedback for the medical students regarding their physical examination and interpersonal skills.

 

Training rooms are equipped for audio and video recording. Each training session is recorded and information then used to debrief students. Debriefings are a valuable learning tool as instructors and students can go through the training scenario step-by-step and evaluate what happened. The human simulators are software driven, which standardizes the learning experience. The data captured during each session is used to objectively assess student performance and identify the best, evidenced-based ways to teach..

Transforming how medical students learn. In the past, the first patient a medical student encountered was an actual patient, which was stressful for students and patients alike. Simulation training facilitates active teaching and learning. Medical students get hands-on experience in a non-threatening environment so when they do see real patients, there’s a greater comfort level. Information retention is also greater. Our first-year medical students learn how to use electronic health records systems and a full range of medical tools and technology, something many don’t experience until much later in their training.

This new generation of simulation-prepared physicians will be better prepared to deliver safe, high quality care, and work as members of a healthcare team.

Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center is a member of Healthcare Simulation South Carolina, the nation’s first statewide network of simulation centers. As such, the Center develops training scenarios with its partners, which include the Medical University of South Carolina, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and Greenville Technical College. Other simulation centers around the world can license simulation software developed by Healthcare Simulation South Carolina.

 

Dr. Rob Morgan
Medical Director
Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center
robrmorganjr@bellsouth.net

 

Hurschell F. Mathews, Jr.
Administrative Director
Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center
hmathews@ghs.org

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