Construction has begun on the U.S. Veterans Health Administration SimLearn National Simulation Center (NSC). The facility is being constructed on the campus of the new Orlando (Fla.) VA Medical Center, located in Lake Nona’s Medical City.
The SimLearn program uses a train-the-trainer model to quickly and efficiently prepare a cadre of qualified instructors who can, in turn, deliver world-class simulation-based clinical training at their respective field VA sites, using standardized curricula and equipment. The current NSC is located in leased space with two small simulation rooms. The new 52,000-square-foot facility will have at least 10 classrooms and will be able to accommodate up to 160 students at a time. Construction is expected to take approximately 15 months.
The new center will serve as the operational hub for coordination of all national VA simulation-based clinical training activities. The facility will provide an immersive training environment by replicating actual patient treatment areas, including an outpatient clinic setting, an inpatient/hospital setting with an intensive care unit, an operating room and more. Video recording of training will take place for classroom review, and multipurpose classrooms will have reconfigurable walls to provide a number of room settings.
—Source: U.S. Veterans Health Administration