University of Tennessee Opens New Health Science Building & Sim Center Just Before Hosting SimGHOSTS USA

The University of Tennessee has just officially opened the new $39.7 Million Health Science Center which is home to the new Center for Healthcare Improvement And Patient Simulation (CHIPS)! The 45,000-square-foot, world-class building at 26 South Dunlap is dedicated to education, research, and professional development of enhanced clinical skills using standardized patients (actors trained to portray patients), high-fidelity patient simulators (manikins costing from $15,000 to $220,000), and virtual reality technology. The building, which has been under construction since 2015, is the only one of its kind in Tennessee and one of only a handful in the country built for and totally dedicated to simulation training. This brand new facility is already playing host to the World’s leading Healthcare Simulation Technology Conference: SimGHOSTS 2018 USA taking place just around the corner this July 31st – August 3rd! You can still secure early-bird registration to the event which includes guided tours of the new Sim Center!

About the New UTSHC Building

The center will allow students from the six colleges at UTHSC – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy – to train together in simulation settings to develop their skills in delivering team-based health care, which is the proven model for the highest-quality care today. “We are changing the face of health care education,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD. “Everyone who makes up a (health care) team trains as a team from day one.” The lobby of the building is dedicated to Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for UTHSC, who had the vision for the building and has been the primary force in its development.


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Dr. Brown envisioned the center as an opportunity for UTHSC to stand out among academic health science centers for providing the best possible education under the safest conditions possible for students across the disciplines. “The simulation experience can turn out a different type of student than we have traditionally turned out,” he has said. Instead of teaching students to deliver care individually, the simulation training will teach collaboration toward better outcomes.

Each floor of the three-story building is dedicated to a different aspect of simulation training. The first floor includes bed-skill stations that will allow students to focus on preclinical skills and assessments. A virtual reality room allows students to practice simulated endoscopies, ultrasound procedures, and robotic surgeries. There is also a simulated home environment, where students can practice delivering in-home patient care.

The second floor houses a simulated acute-care setting resembling a hospital environment with patient rooms and a variety of manikins that can be used to simulate everything from surgery to labor and delivery.


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The third floor houses the standardized patient program. It includes 24 patient exam rooms, as well as a community pharmacy setting. The 24 exam rooms collectively constitute the Robert J. Kaplan, MD, Clinical Skills Center, which was established in the College of Medicine in 1999 and has been housed in other locations on campus. The Kaplan Center, named for Memphis dermatologist Robert J. Kaplan, MD, an alumnus, trains future health care professionals in clinical skills, including physical examination, medical history taking, and interpersonal communication skills with standardized patients and manikins.

Chad Epps, MD, an anesthesiologist and leader in simulation education, was recruited to UTHSC in 2016 to be the executive director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation. The building is a reflection of a culture at UTHSC that values this type of training, he said. “It’s most definitely a statement to the community that this institution is making a commitment to improving the way health care professionals are trained and the way health care is delivered.” The center will also be a resource for continuing education for the area’s health care community.

Dr. Epps has been active in simulation education, research, assessment and center management for more than 10 years. He was president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and past chair of the Council on Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs.

About SimGHOSTS 2018 USA at UTHSC

SimGHOSTS 2018 USA
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Simulation
Memphis TN
Platinum Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare
Pre-Symposium: July 31st, 2018
Symposium: August 1st-3rd, 2018

Early Bird Registration (ENDS June 30th) – $495
Regular Registration – $625

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at SimGHOSTS annual international hands-on simulation technology training event! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” which will be operating its seventh year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada which has been serving the emerging professional community since 2011. The 8th annual the 2018 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in the design, selection and application of healthcare simulation technologies.

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events? Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend. Other meetings are better suited to clinical educators looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.  Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • And much much more!

Participants will also have opportunities to meet with the leading simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology. CAE Healthcare‘s gold sponsorship has enabled for CHIPS Director Dr. Chad Epps to provide a plenary session covering the future of medical education with Augmented Reality. If you are looking to start or expand your simulation technical knowledge and network — this is the event for you!

Learn more about the brand new UTHSC CHIPS Building Here!

Learn more about SimGHOSTS 2018 USA at UTHSC Here!


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