Simulation Lab

Types of simulation

Task training

Task training /procedural training- is typically the most basic form of experiential learning and involves guided practice on simulators designed for particular procedures. These include airway intubation, central line placement and lumbar punctures

Immersive simulation

Immersive Simulation Sessions typically involve more than one scenario and are  influenced by participants characteristics, experiences, level of training, and preparation for the case or task. The perceived physical, conceptual and emotional fidelity, the appropriate level of challenge, and the simulators and actors can all effect the simulation experience (Hamstra et al, 2014; Rudolph et al, 2007). Immersive simulation usually occurs in the Simulation center and is typically multidisciplinary.

In situ simulations

In situ simulations take place in the actual patient care setting/environment in an effort to achieve a high level of fidelity and realism. We use this training to assess system issues and  safety threats in new and existing systems.  In situ simulations are also a means to  practice/refresh technical skills and non-technical skills (teamwork and communication). In situ simulations are typically multidisciplinary and designed for particular units and specialties in collaboration with that group’s leadership.


  • Team training is incorporated as part of in situ or immersive simulation
  • Standardized Patient Training incorporates trained “actors” to portray patients or family members. Standardized patients are used to train and assess learners in clinical skills including history and physical exam training.

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