Simulated Med Training Comes to VA Clinicians

The Veterans Affairs Department will establish a new Medical Simulation Center for Excellence at its Orlando, Fla., VA Medical Center, according to the U.S. Undersecretary for Health.

And kicking off medical simulation training for clinicians will be one of its first goals.

The VA has hired Dr. Haru Okuda to head up SimLearn, which is planned to organize national simulated learning environments and an advanced research network. Okuda had been director and assistant vice president of the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, where he oversaw the construction of a 10,000-square-foot, $10 million simulation center.

Undersecretary of Health Dr. Robert Petzel said the VA plans to equip its new simulation center with sophisticated computer systems that include virtual reality servers and a control room to manage the simulated procedures and training, video recording, archiving and playback.

In 1986, VA pioneered medical simulation at its medical center in Palo Alto, Calif., in partnership with Stanford University. Petzel said the Palo Alto simulation center will serve as a satellite office to the new Orlando center.

The Veterans Affairs Department will establish a new Medical Simulation Center for Excellence at its Orlando, Fla., VA Medical Center, according to the U.S. Undersecretary for Health.

And kicking off medical simulation training for clinicians will be one of its first goals.

The VA has hired Dr. Haru Okuda to head up SimLearn, which is planned to organize national simulated learning environments and an advanced research network. Okuda had been director and assistant vice president of the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, where he oversaw the construction of a 10,000-square-foot, $10 million simulation center.

Undersecretary of Health Dr. Robert Petzel said the VA plans to equip its new simulation center with sophisticated computer systems that include virtual reality servers and a control room to manage the simulated procedures and training, video recording, archiving and playback.

In 1986, VA pioneered medical simulation at its medical center in Palo Alto, Calif., in partnership with Stanford University. Petzel said the Palo Alto simulation center will serve as a satellite office to the new Orlando center.

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