What is simulation?

Simulation is a training and feedback method in which learners practice tasks and processes in lifelike circumstances using models or virtual reality, with feedback from observers, peers, actor-patients, and video cameras to assist improvement in skills. 

Simulation at OHSU

OHSU's simulation programs and centers provide targeted trainings with five different types of models: Task Trainer Simulation, Manikin-based Simulation, Standardized Patient Simulation, Virtual Reality Simulation, InSitu Simulation and Tissue-based Simulation.  For  interprofessional and complex simulations, in select situations, multiple modes of simulation may be utilized.

Mission and vision

As leaders in interprofessional, simulation-based research, education, and training our mission is to:

  • Promote a culture of collaboration that advances best practices and the highest standards of quality care and patient safety.
  • Leverage our multiple institutes, centers, schools, departments and individual excellence to prepare world class healthcare providers using advanced healthcare simulation.
  • Transforms health and science education through interprofessional collaboration across the academic, healthcare and science communities.
  • Lead and advocate for state-wide simulation programs that improve health for all Oregonians, and extend OHSU's education, research and health care missions through a network of community partners.
  • Advance excellence in interprofessional simulation for healthcare through the creation and implementation of new knowledge and technologies.
  • Apply new clinical and educational research for simulation-based education and translate these discoveries into health and commercial sectors. 

The OHSU Simulation vision aims to advance excellence in interprofessional patient care through innovative, simulation-based education, training and research.