The Simulation Center gives PCOM Georgia 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 graduate and medical students with the opportunity to practice techniques
and diagnosis in a supportive environment prior to treating real patients. The Center
also features birthing and neonatal simulators designed to provide a complete birthing
experience before, during and after delivery.
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Standardized Patient Exam Rooms
In the PCOM Georgia Simulation Center exam room, students learn about doctor-standardized
patient encounters. This allows student-doctors the opportunity to practice their
clinical and humanistic skills.
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 standardized patient area has 10 exam rooms. Each room is designed to be an accurate representation of what
the students will see in the “real world.” Exam rooms are 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 Simulation Center primarily uses four 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 tool
used for healthcare training and education. It closely resembles a human patient in
anatomy and physiology, allowing healthcare professionals to practice a wide range
of clinical skills and scenarios. This mannequin offers realistic physiological responses,
scenario-based training, data collection for feedback, and is also used to develop
skills like CPR, intubation and medication administration. It is also valuable for
team training exercises, enhancing coordination and communication among healthcare
teams in simulated medical emergencies.
The PCOM Georgia Simulation Center is equipped with four 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, and 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 Simulation Center can also mimic an emergency room or intensive care
unit for various scenarios and has monitoring equipment, communication systems and
fully-stocked crash carts.
Each room in the Simulation Center is equipped with multiple cameras and microphones.
The control room allows faculty and staff to manage, monitor, record and evaluate
each simulation and exam. Debriefing rooms enable faculty and students to discuss
simulation cases after scenarios are completed.
Clinical Skills Lab
The 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 trainers.
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 students practice scrub procedures at the scrub sink prior to their operating
Within the operating room is the LAP Mentor, which 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.
The FLS Laparoscopic Trainer System is a device for surgical residents and practicing
surgeons that facilitates the development of psychomotor skills and dexterity required
during the performance of basic laparoscopic surgery.
The Simulation Center, which has a total of three control areas strategically located
within it, provides a secluded area where faculty can monitor and evaluate student
performance during simulated exercises as well as staff controlling the various simulators,
audio/video systems and lab equipment. Each room in the Simulation Center is equipped
with multiple cameras and microphones, allowing faculty and staff to manage, monitor,
record and evaluate each simulation and exam room performance.
Mobile Medical Simulation Lab
The mobile simulation lab is a teaching tool for trauma and pre-hospital care. The
lab resembles an ambulance and houses modern emergency equipment including vital monitors,
stretchers, splints, suctioning equipment, intubation equipment, simulated medications
and much more. In addition, equipment and patient mannequins found in the Simulation
Center can be moved into the mobile lab.
Emergency simulations are conducted inside and around the vehicle. Doctoral and medical
simulation students can practice a variety of scenarios including cardiac arrest,
childbirth, bone fractures, burns, gunshot wounds, allergic reactions, overdoses and
The lab is used to teach both PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia students when it
makes trips between the two locations. It is also used during community education
events such as the Gwinnett Science Fair or training events held in conjunction with neighboring institutions and EMS stations.
Brian G. Mann, EdD, PA-C
Chief of Simulation
Danny K. Opperman, MBA, NRP, CHSE, CHSOS
Director of Clinical Simulation Education
Toni Musta, MS, NREMT
Manager of Clinical Simulation