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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The Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center is an 11,000-square-foot facility
that opened in January 2014 and was dedicated in April 2014. Located on the fourth
floor of Rowland Hall, the Saltzburg Center houses 15 patient rooms, four simulator
training rooms, an OR, ER/trauma bay, an ICU/CCU/medical surgery suite, and a cadre
of high-fidelity robotic simulators, virtual simulators and task trainers.
The Saltzburg Center provides a safe, controlled and fully monitored environment for
all PCOM students to learn and practice clinical skills, develop communication abilities
and demonstrate mastery of clinical competencies.
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.
The Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center began with the introduction of
the standardized patient program in the late 1980s. In order to prepare second-year
students for upcoming clinical rotations, fourth-year students and residents served
as patient actors. In the mid-1990s, trained actors replaced students and residents, and PCOM dedicated its first clinical learning lab
using encounters recorded on video. In 2003, PCOM was one of the first osteopathic
medical schools to acquire a full-body, programmable human patient simulator.