UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation

The way we train, learn, and practice medicine is changing. Our progressively more complex healthcare system has resulted in the need for major alterations to the classic medical education model, and complex technologies for patient care now require more specific and specialized training.

Perhaps the most important innovation to arise from these changes is medical simulation. Simulation is the imitation of real-life experience including the use of task and virtual reality trainers, as well as standardized patients to refine technical and clinical skills of healthcare professionals. The University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation Center--a Level 1 Comprehensive Accredited Educational Institute-- has a goal to continual improve the quality of patient care and safety through education, practice, and assessment.

The Simulation Center is a 6,500-square-foot multidisciplinary facility that offers a setting for physicians, nurses, technicians and other healthcare providers throughout the region to improve individual skills and practice team skills critical to patient safety. It also enables advanced education for residents, fellows, and medical students from the Graduate School of Medicine and other institutions. Simulation can replicate almost any diagnostic or therapeutic situation, from simple IV insertions using low-fidelity task technology to complicated surgeries using high-fidelity, computerized manikins or virtual reality modules.

The designation of Level I Comprehensive AEI denotes compliance at the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation with the rigorous standards set by the ACS:

  • Serve a wider range of learners with a broader scope of education and training programs
  • Develop original curricula and offer faculty development programs and courses
  • Assess education and training programs’ impact on patient outcomes and safety
  • Have facilities to accommodate the higher volume of learners and scope of educational activities
  • Engage in research or other scholarly activities that advance the field of surgical education and training.

The simulation center is directed by two veteran surgeons, Leonard H. Hines, MD, and Paul J. Huffstutter, MD, with more than 65 years of clinical and educational experience combined. Melinda Klar, RN, is the Administrative Director, and Judy Roark, CST, is the Lab Coordinator and Skills Coach. All assist in the implementation of skills and scenario curricula, which are fundamental to the success of simulation.

All members of the healthcare team can benefit from simulation training—physicians, dentists, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, and emergency responders. It offers opportunities not only to master technical skills but also to improve critical thinking, decision-making, and communication skills.

The simulation center is an attraction for the best new doctors, who are now insisting upon availability of advanced simulation training in their residency programs. Close to 50% of the physicians who complete residencies at the UT Graduate School of Medicine stay in the region to practice medicine; therefore, attracting the best to our education programs will strengthen the region’s healthcare for generations to come.

Download your copy of the Frontiers edition of Medical Simulation at The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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Simulation has become a significant component of the education and training of healthcare teams, including physicians, nurses, fellows, residents and others. For more information about the opportunities you have to support the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, please contact the Office of Development at UT Graduate School of Medicine: 865-305-6611


Contact Us - Directions to the Simulation Center

UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville , Tennessee 37920
Phone: (865)305-4626; (865)305-9219