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Collaborating with healthcare professionals from around the country, the Innovations Lab at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Simulation Center develops devices that don’t currently exist in other clinical settings. Read more below!

Photo credit to Northwestern Simulation Instructional Design & Development Team. 

What's happening at Northwestern Simulation? 

How 3D printing is Changing Medical Training 
One of the biggest advantages of training devices is preventing errors from occurring on real patients, and allowing clinicians, attending physicians, medical students, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals to make mistakes in a safe environment.

34 Professionals named Society for Simulation in Healthcare Fellows
Northwestern’s own Walter Eppich and William McGaghie have been named in the inaugural fellow class for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s new SSH Academy based on outstanding contributions to the field of healthcare simulation.

ACS-AEI names Northwestern Simulation as having "Best Practice" in the area of Faculty Development
Congratulations to Eric Hungness, MD, who will participate in a panel seminar at the ACS-AEI meeting in March 2017.

Spotlight on Simulation All Stars

A question and answer series with our team

Mark Adler, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education
Director, Educational Research and Innovations

How did you become interested in medical simulation?
I conducted a web-based education project during my PEM fellowship. While interesting, I had difficulty getting learners to use the application due their busy schedules and the nascent state of the internet in the late 1990s. When coming to Northwestern, I was directed to seek out Bill McGaghie. He, in turn, served both as a mentor and link to the Anesthesia simulation lab. It was within that program that I did my first simulation-based education work.  

How has your work in helped patients and education?
My early work was focused on instrument and curricular development. I am now interested in applying the best practices of instrument and validation methods to simulation-based assessment. I am also interested in how large tertiary hospitals can bring high-quality simulation programs to their smaller affiliated hospitals and in the use of simulation as a safety assessment tool during new unit/hospital build-outs. 

View full interview here...

Recent Events at Northwestern Simulation 

Physician Assistant students practicing code drills in simulation clinical patient bays.


Upcoming events at Northwestern Simulation and the Department of Medical Education

CGEA Regional Spring Meeting 
Innovation and Impact: Modern Medical Education
March 29 - 31, 2017 
More information here

Northwestern Simulation 3rd Annual Open House
April 6, 2017 
RSVP here 

Designing and Implementing Simulation-Based Mastery Learning Curricula
Simulation Annual Conference
July 10 - July 14, 2017
More information here

Friends of Northwestern Simulation

A new program designed to help financially support the mission and vision of the Northwestern Simulation.

We urge interested friends to invest in the future of medical education and patient care by making an outright or planned gift in support of Northwestern Simulation. Thank you for your consideration.

To learn more or donate, click here

For additional information about supporting Northwestern Simulation contact:

Sue Clausen


What people are saying about Northwestern Simulaton

We greatly appreciate your willingness to accommodate each of our requests and meet with Ms. Crabtree and I on several occasions for planning purposes. As always, you and your staff are professional and were instrumental in making the afternoon run seamlessly. We understand that you have an extremely busy schedule and appreciate the time and effort you always give the PA program.

– Elena Min, PhD, PA-C
Clinical Education Director,
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Fantastic facility. Excellent organization, equipment and staff! 

-Industry Course Attendee
December 2016

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