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The Dr. Michael and Wendy Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center

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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 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 exam rooms, six high-fidelity simulator training rooms, and two large clinical care rooms that can be transformed to simulate a number of clinical areas; such as an operating room, emergency room/trauma bay, intensive/critical care unit, birthing suite, medical/surgical in-patient suite or a skills lab.

The CLAC comprises a number of high and low-fidelity simulators to include four surgical robotic simulators and a full-size human surgical simulator. There are 13 human virtual simulators that range from a newborn and child, to an array of adult simulators that can all simulate an abundance of medical modalities, three of which can simulate numerous birthing procedures. Lastly, there are a full range of clinical task trainers for individual practice that are capable of simulating a myriad of medical procedures; such as intravenous cannulation, intubation, central lines, lumbar punctures, arterial lines and many more. 

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.

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