The Simulation Center gives GA-PCOM students the opportunity to practice clinical skills, develop crucial communication abilities, and demonstrate that they have achieved clinical competence. Through the use of standardized patients and human patient simulators, the Center provides students with the opportunity to practice techniques and diagnosis in a supportive environment prior to treating real patients.
Standardized patients are trained to document the skills of students and to provide them with honest and constructive feedback based on clinical performance. Sessions are recorded on video for evaluation and review by faculty members and students.
The Center, formerly known as the Clinical Learning and Assessment Center, uses four state-of-the-art human patient simulators. Nicknamed STAN, for "standard man," two of the human patient simulators are full-body manikins that breathe and have heartbeats, pupils that react to light and medications, pulses that can be felt at eight locations, and lung sounds. They can also talk and accurately mimic human physiology responses to procedures such as CPR, intubation, ventilation, and catheterization.
NOELLE and HAL are birthing and neonatal simulators designed to provide a complete birthing experience before, during, and after delivery.