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VCU School of Medicine Center for Human Simulation staff participated as a vendor at the 20th Annual Summer Safety Fair that was held in Chimborazo Park in Richmond, VA.  The event consisted of 79 volunteers, 20 community and hospital vendors and the continued support of the MCV Hospitals Auxiliary. The Center helped educate nearly 345 children on the topic of first aid!

It was a wonderful experience collaborating with other vendors to help children have a safe and healthy summer.

Photos taken at the event are below:

Patient Safety Day 2019 1

Patient Safety Day 2019 2


VCU’s Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety has been awarded reaccreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons for another 5 years!

As a Comprehensive Education Institutes, we “must serve a wider range of learners, with a broader scope of education and training programs; they must develop original curricula, offer faculty development programs and courses, and assess their education and training programs’ impact on patient outcomes and safety; they must have more space and staff to accommodate the higher volume of learners and scope of educational activities; they must additionally engage in research or other scholarly activities that advance the field of surgical education and training.”

In addition to the AEI accreditation, VCU's Department of Surgery is accredited by the ACGME and the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region.

For more information visit ACS-AEI website here.


The Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety follows VCU’s operating schedule.

If VCU is delayed or closed, the Center will be delayed or closed. If VCU does have a delayed opening or school closing, then confirmed sessions will need to be rescheduled. The Center will contact you to reschedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Division Administrator, Elizabeth Trent, for further details.

For more information on the current operating status, please visit VCU Alert


The first annual VCU School of Medicine SonoSlam is an innovative, interactive, and fun learning competition geared towards MS1/MS2 students that are part of the Ultrasound Student Interest Group. The primary goal of this competition is to advance MS1/MS2 ultrasound skills and knowledge using a collaborative team approach to solve different stations together.  The team with the most points will be awarded fun prizes at the end of the competition.

Thirty students are divided into six teams and will work together to complete each station, which includes: ultrasound scavenger hunt, ultrasound charades, race the expert to the correct image, and more.  Each station will have primary learning objectives focused on image acquisition, optimization, and interpretation.  Volunteer Faculty and Fellows from the Department of Emergency Medicine will lead each station, and MS4 Students who have completed the fourth year elective will also serve as judges or expert scanners to compete against.

We hope to make SonoSlam a recurring event and, along with interest group leadership, we plan to fundraise so winning teams can travel to regional and national competitions in the future.

Group of students using ultrasound with a model

Students viewing an ultrasound image

Group photo of all the SonoSlam 2018 participants

Group of M1 Students with Dr. Mike Vitto who won the first annual SonoSlam 2018


On July 21-22 2018, the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety hosted a boot camp for General Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS). This Continuing Medical Education event had over 30 physicians attending as learners, 12 instructors from VCUHealth, VA Medical Center, UVA, and Duke, and 10 Ultrasound models.

The boot camp “is a unique hands-on experience that exposes learners to the fundamentals of ultrasound for the rapid assessment of the critically ill patient. Guided by experienced faculty, hands-on sessions on live models will focus on the pearls and pitfalls of image acquisition and interpretation as well as the basics of ultrasound-guided procedures. The hands-on sessions will be complemented by didactic lectures to improve the participants' knowledge of the indications, technical skills, and limitations of bedside ultrasound.”

If you are interested in hosting a CME event at the Sim Center, please contact Liz Fredericksen-Trent, our Operations Manager.

Group using ultrasound machine     Ultrasound model for POCUS



The Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety hosted a hands-on event with MCV Alumni during VCU’s Alumni Reunion Weekend in April 2018.

Alumni applied their skills at laparoscopy, endoscopy, paracentesis, ultrasound, birthing simulation, and interviewing a standardized patient.

We had a great time meeting with the Alumni and conversing about their experiences at VCU!

Photo credit: Skip Rowland Photography

Alumni Reunion Weekend poster with schedule  Group of Alumni speaking with Dr. Buckley

Alumni practicing laproscopy  Alumni speaking with Dr. Grossman about the birthing sim

Alumnus Practicing Paracentesis  Alumni and Med Students interviewing a Standardized Patient



The Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety hosted a video shoot comprised of scenarios where central line insertion/maintenance can go wrong and lead to adverse patient outcomes.

The VCU Health Department of Internal Medicine’s Dr. Benjamin Chopski, Dr. Manpreet Malik, Dr. Adam Garber, and Dr. Curt Sessler along with Elizabeth Trent, Sim Center Operations Manager, used their skills with Cody Symanietz, Sim Center Program Coordinator, behind the camera to create educational videos to be used for training for the inter-professional teams across VCU Health.

Educational video recordings are one of the many services the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety provides the VCU and VCU Health communities to enhance medical education, patient safety, and quality of care through healthcare simulation.

Central Line Video Cast and Crew




Each year the graduating class of fourth year medical students complete a capstone which encompasses important information and tools to prepare them for their first year of residency.

The Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety hosted several departments including Internal Medicine, ObGyn, Surgery and Pediatrics. Students participated in several topics including clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, and patient safety.

The simulations included low fidelity skills like suturing, central line, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, and thoracentesis. Also, students worked with high fidelity simulations like birthing simulation with our Victoria birthing simulator, case-based simulations with our SimMan3G, and pediatric mock code with our SimBaby.

At the end of capstone, each graduating fourth year medical student is prepared to embark as a new group of Medical Doctors.


Simulation with SimMan3G ObGyn Birthing Simulation view from Control Room

C-Section Simulation Central Line training simulation


The Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety presented a simulation on multidisciplinary teamwork at the 2018 Virginia Patient Safety Summit held in Richmond, Virginia. Our Pediatric HAL high fidelity simulator was showcased to demonstrate a cardiopulmonary arrest in a 5-year old child.

The Virginia Patient Safety Summit “continues to provide information and best practices to enhance patient safety, reduce the risk of error, and improve effectiveness of teams in the delivery of health care. The Summit has gained a reputation for one of the best patient safety conferences in the nation, and attracts close to 600 attendees each year.

For more information about how Pediatric HAL, or any of our other simulators, can be utilized for your events, please contact us at

Pediatric HAL simulator setup on bed Tech station to run Pediatric HAL simulator from a laptop. The stage is set with the tech station and Pediatric HAL simulator

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