The Dr. Michael and Wendy Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center
Bringing together the latest in technology with the most essential hands-on medical
instruction, the Dr. Michael and Wendy Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center
provides a cutting-edge learning environment for graduate and medical students on our Philadelphia campus.
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Commonly referred to as the CLAC, The Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center
on the 4th floor of Rowland Hall, is an 11,000-square-foot facility that opened in
January 2014 and was dedicated in April 2014. Named for alumnus Michael C. Saltzburg,
DO '77, and his wife, Wendy, the Saltzburg Center was funded by significant gifts
made by the Saltzburgs as well as generous contributions from the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and other donors. These contributions
make it possible for students to gain critical hands-on patient care experiences in
a controlled clinical-like environment prior to entering their first clinical rotation.
Standardized Patient Exam Rooms
In the CLAC exam room, students learn about doctor-standardized patient encounters.
This allows student-doctors the opportunity to practice their clinical and humanistic
Standardized patients are trained to document the skills of students and to provide them with honest and
constructive feedback based on clinical performance. The patients portray a medical
scenario the same way for each student who examines them. During an encounter, the
student takes a patient's history, performs an appropriate physical examination and
then provides the patient with a corresponding assessment and plan.
The CLAC's standardized patient area has 15 exam rooms. Each room is designed to be
an accurate representation of what the students will see in the “real world.” Each
room is also equipped with adjustable osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) tables.
Faculty can watch the patient encounters live from either the review room or the proctor
stations. Each exam room is equipped with two cameras and microphones. The audio and
video can be recorded to provide faculty with the opportunity to review a student's
performance at a later date.
High Fidelity Simulated Patients
The CLAC primarily uses six full-body high-fidelity patient simulators for most cases,
in addition to two full-body obstetrical high-fidelity patient simulators, one child
high-fidelity patient simulator and one newborn high-fidelity patient simulator.
These high-fidelity patient simulators are a highly advanced medical simulation tools
used for healthcare training and education. The simulators closely resembles human
patients in anatomy and physiology, allowing healthcare professionals to practice
a wide range of clinical skills and scenarios. This mannequins offer realistic physiological
responses, scenario-based training, data collection for feedback. They are further
used to develop skills like CPR, intubation and medication administration. The simulators
are also valuable for team training exercises, enhancing coordination and communication
among healthcare teams in simulated medical emergencies.
PCOM's CLAC is equipped with six versatile simulation rooms to mimic any healthcare
setting, such as a maternity room where students can practice multiple procedures,
featuring a wireless birthing simulator with five fetal heart sound locations, a highly
articulated baby with various joint movements, and an audible cry upon delivery. The
patient simulator offers audible lung sounds, visible chest rise and fall as well
as controllable pulses in eight locations connected to an electrocardiogram monitor.
Additionally, there is a neonate simulator with programmable mouth and eyes, limb
movement, ventilator support, heart and lung sounds, palpable pulses and seizure simulation.
The CLAC can also be setup to mimic an emergency room or intensive care unit for various
scenarios and has full monitoring equipment, communication systems and fully-stocked
After each simulation has concluded, students are thoroughly debriefed in a separate
area from the simulation rooms. Debriefing rooms enable faculty and students to review
the simulation activity to discuss all aspects of the case.
Clinical Skills Lab
The clinic skills lab is used to train students to perform various clinical procedures.
Students may work individually or as part of a team to practice with different task
Task trainers include intubation airway trainers, lumbar puncture trainers, central
line trainers, femoral line trainers, IV arm trainers, atrial line trainers, breast
simulator trainers, adult CPR trainers, pediatric CPR trainers, infant CPR trainers,
female pelvic trainers, male pelvic trainers, suture pad trainers and surgical knot
The simulated operating room is fully equipped with a working operating table, oxygen,
suction, lights and a trauma simulator which provides students with the opportunity
to perform surgical-type procedures while also learning about the operating room environment.
Second-year medical students practice scrub procedures at the scrub sink prior to
their operating room rotations.
The CLAC's three control rooms provide secluded areas where faculty can monitor and
evaluate student performance during simulated exercises. Staff are able to control
the various simulators, audio/video systems and lab equipment. Each room in the CLAC
is equipped with multiple cameras and microphones, allowing faculty and staff to manage,
monitor, record,and evaluate each simulation and exam room performance.
Surgical Simulator Suite
The surgical simulator suite houses several advanced simulators for the use of medical
students. These include the GI Mentor, ARTHRO Mentor, LAP Mentor and FLS Laparoscopic
The GI Mentor is a top of the line endoscopic medical simulator for the training of
gastrointestinal upper and lower endoscopic procedures, offering a comprehensive library
of modules with more than 120 tasks and virtual patient cases.
ARTHRO Mentor is an advanced arthroscopic training simulator. As the most effective
tool for arthroscopic surgery skills acquisition, the system reduces training time
and considerably improves the learning curve of the complex surgery techniques.
The LAP Mentor is a virtual laparoscopic surgical simulator which provides a complete
training experience to learners of all levels and across all disciplines including
gynecology, urology and general surgery.
Contact our team
Brian G. Mann, EdD, PA-C
Chief of Simulation
Danny K. Opperman, MBA, NRP, CHSE, CHSOS
Director of Clinical Simulation Education
Anthony T. Rolleand, MS
Manager of Clinical Simulation