Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Healthcare Simulation Summit

Healthcare Simulation Decorative image

Register Today to Join us on September 17, 2021

Join us for the inaugural Healthcare Simulation Summit

Healthcare simulation across UIC's academic health enterprise - UI Health - has made transformational advances in recent years. Collectively, the healthcare simulation spaces across our health sciences colleges serve thousands of learners across professions and across the training spectrum. Simulation professionals, faculty and staff alike dedicate countless hours toward leveraging the power of simulation. Spanning the full breadth of active learning strategies, simulation addresses clinical skill acquisition and maintenance, communication, teamwork, professional development and systems improvement.

Join us on September 17, 2021, during worldwide Healthcare Simulation Week, as we showcase our simulation experts, expand our horizons and highlight the strength of our work in service of our learners, our patients, our communities and the health of the state of Illinois and beyond.

Program Agenda:

  • 8:00 am – Welcome Remarks & Virtual Summit Introductions
  • 8:30 am – Keynote Address with Grace Gephardt, MEd, CHSE
    Professor Gephardt currently serves as Director of the PULSE Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She has additionally served as past president of simulation societies in North America and brings vast experience in simulation education to this conversation. Session includes a presentation and time for Q&A
  • 9:30 am – Topics in simulation - it’s debatable: a panel discussion
    Join our keynote presenters along with experts, learners, stakeholders, and leaders from the UI Health simulation community for a panel discussion on trending topics in the discipline. This conversation will showcase topics of debate within a safe space as we explore issues in simulation to advance the field into the future. More information on panelists and moderators to follow.
  • 10:30 am – Keynote Address with Dinesh Palipana, MD
    Dr. Palipana is currently Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, Gold Coast Australia and Principal House Officer at the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service, Emergency Department. Based out of Australia – he was the first physician with quadriplegia in the region and will speak to the use of simulation as an aid in clinical training for those with disabilities. Session includes a presentation and time for Q&A
  • 11:30 am – Virtual Summit Conclusion
  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm        Healthcare Simulation Summit Live Experiences (see options described below).
    Throughout the afternoon, healthcare simulation experts from across UIC’s many health disciplines will share live simulation experiences that showcase the strengths and opportunities that simulation offers to education, research and training. Please review the list below of individual simulation offers and note to register for your desired experience and tour/experience based on availability. Please note most experiences will have identical sessions available at 1 and 3 p.m.  

Stay informed: E-mail if you wish to be involved or if you have additional questions about the 2021 Healthcare Simulation Summit.

Healthcare Simulation Summit – Live Experiences

Throughout the afternoon, healthcare simulation experts from across UIC’s many health disciplines will share live simulation experiences that showcase the strengths and opportunities that simulation offers to education, research and training. Please review the list below of individual simulation offers and note to register for your desired experience and tour/experience based on availability. Please note most experiences will have identical sessions available at 1 and 3 p.m.

Healthcare Simulation Summit 2021

Simulation Experts Across UIC & UI Health

Explore the arenas below where simulation is making a difference in the training and experience of our students and clinical experts.

Dentistry SImulation

The UIC College of Dentistry integrates simulated experiences for students in preparation for clinical experiences in their 3rd and 4th years. During the first two years of the DMD program, students gain comprehensive, in-depth understanding of dental biomedical and clinical sciences covering several biomedical topics and compliment this educational approach with rigorous training and simulation experiences to apply those concepts in pre-patient clinics to gain hands-on knowledge, under close supervision of expert faculty.

Retzky Simulation Center pharmacy Cabinets Image

The UIC College of Pharmacy opened the Herbert and Carol Retzky Simulation Center on Aug 26, 2019. The center, which was renovated with $1 million in funding from the Retzkys and is now named in their honor, features a simulated pharmacy and counseling rooms developed to simulate every step a pharmacist takes, from prescription entry to fulfillment.

The 5,000-square-foot center, which is used as classroom space for up to 176 students, helps first-year pharmacy students experience all aspects of their required pharmacy practice courses in the same space.

Six courses at the college will rely on simulated learning experiences. In total, the college will provide more than 21,000 hours of simulation-based learning to its students.

Read more about the Herbert and Carol Retzky Simulation Center at the UIC College of Pharmacy, from the Winter 2020 issue of The Pharmacist.


Established in 1987, the Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute (SAIL) was one of the first standardized patient-based clinical performance assessment centers in the world. For 29 years, they have facilitated technology-based and human-based simulation experiences for thousands of healthcare students and professionals. With patient safety as one of their driving motivators, SAIL works to design simulation for the development of comprehensive healthcare professionals.

Aligning with the UI College of Medicine’s mission to uplift the health of our community, SAIL’s vision is to develop patient-partnered simulation strategies for the entire healthcare community of practice, including patients, families, and more. SAIL was formerly known as the Graham Clinical Performance Center, until  its transition to SAIL in 2019.

Nursing Simulation Lab - Francis Simulation Space

The M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning and Simulation Laboratory provides support services for graduate and undergraduate nursing students and other health professionals through simulation-based instruction, clinical laboratory experiences, and student services. The center offers state-of-the-art facilities where learners can apply knowledge, skills and attitudes in a safe simulated environment.

The renovation builds on the college’s first experiential learning facilities, which opened in 2014, also funded by Schwartz. Three years in the making, the expansion greatly increases capacity and offers the latest in experiential and simulated technology. It’s the result of intensive research into the best nursing education facilities in the country.

SITL Robotic and innovation space

The newly constructed Surgical Innovation Training Laboratory (SITL) is a unique 17,000 square feet training and research facility due to its history, location, technology and laboratory features. The new lab is a prolongation and evolution of the previous Surgical Skills Laboratory (SSL) concept but with the newest innovations. The previous SSL was founded in 2008 by Dr. Pier Giulianotti, a pioneer in robotic surgery, and was the first facility worldwide to offer robotic surgery training to residents.

The SITL is an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Accredited Level-1 Comprehensive Institute, as well as an appointed Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Test Center through the Society of American and Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). The lab facilitates surgical training for University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) medical students and residents from Departments of Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and residents from other affiliated hospitals. The SITL also provides robotic surgical training for attending surgeons across the country in both basic and advanced levels.

Jump Center

The Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center is a collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and OSF Healthcare located in Peoria, Illinois. Jump Simulation was created to improve outcomes and lower health care costs through innovative simulation training of medical professionals.

An accredited program by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Jump Simulation is a 168,000 square foot center that houses state-of-the-art simulation experiences for a variety of encounters. It also features a virtual reality lab that explores the opportunity for simulated clinical intervention and educational training models. Additional simulation labs at Jump include Anatomical Skills, Innovation Lab, Regional Transport Center, Skills Lab and Virtual Hospital.

Healthcare Delivery Design Process

The benefits of simulation go beyond medical education—it can also benefit researchers undertaking complex studies. The success of clinical trials rests on researchers’ ability to design studies that can be carried out at scale, recruit participants, and retain participants for the duration of the study.

In collaboration with researchers from across the country, the Program for Healthcare Delivery Design uses design methods (such as real-time remote observation) to simulate + evaluate the real-world experience of a study protocol. These pilot studies help researchers quickly identify strategies to enhance the study experience for participants, save time during study visits, and ensure accurate data collection—before problems arise.

To learn more about the Program for Healthcare Delivery Design (located at the main campus site of the Mile Square Health Center) contact Associate Director, Hugh Musick, at hmusick@UIC.EDU.

The College of Medicine’s OB/GYN Women of Steel Simulation Lab provides improved outcomes for pregnancies and neonates through the exemplary professional education, program implementation, and quality monitoring. A part of the Perinatal Program, the Simulation lab strives for continued advancements and academic excellence.

Faculty across the departments of the College of Applied Health Sciences integrate simulation experiences throughout their curriculum. In AHS, simulation is an important educational tool that is employed in many different environments – not necessarily in a simulation center – including natural environments such as hospitals and clinics where students use standardized patients in case-relevant role play activities.

Since AHS does not house a simulation facility, it collaborates closely with other health sciences colleges such as the College of Nursing and the College of Medicine to share resources rather than duplicate experiences on campus. Among these collaborations, AHS brings to the table a model apartment used in occupational therapy and is a national leader in the use of computer-based simulation in biomedical visualization.

Surgical Innovation Training Laboratory (SITL) Grand Opening 2020

SAIL Institute Grand Opening 2019

Using Simulation in Dentistry at UIC

Robotic Surgery Simulation Lab

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (College of Medicine Peoria)

UIC Advances Simulation Training for Students and Professionals