Our focus is on the patient and on helping faculty, staff and students at Carilion Clinic find better ways to provide safe and effective care to our patients. By incorporating numerous models and simulators, the simulation center is able to service a wide variety of educational levels that may include physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, and allied health care personnel or multidisciplinary teams.

From the beginning, educators must understand that it is the teaching objective, the lesson plan, which drives the development of a successful education session. Once the objectives are in place, the instructors can look to the equipment to find the most suitable tools to implement the objectives created. In some cases, the task trainers are sufficient. In other cases, medical simulation technology allows for realistic clinical scenarios using human patient simulators. The computer driven manikins are capable of verbal communication, accurate representation of common physical exam findings (difficult airway, breathe and cardiac sounds, pulses, etc) and physiologic responses to drug and treatment interventions. Realistic settings allow simulation participants to immerse themselves in the training exercise.

Successful teaching sessions also require thoughtful feedback from the participants. In many advanced sessions, time spent on the scenario itself is a small portion compared to the time spent debriefing and discussing the scenario afterwards. Quality debriefing is critical to the success of these sessions. Evaluation forms are given to participants to measure level of confidence before and after the session and to get feedback on what the participants learned and how it will impact their job. The data is gathered and evaluated to develop necessary process changes within the department.

Current Programs

Graduate Medical Education

  • Emergency Department Rotations - code blue drills, skills stations (centralLine, Lumbar Puncture, Suturing, Airway techniques)
  • OB/GYN Residency - minimally invasive surgery skills, episiotomy techniques, foley cath practice, normal/breech delivery, wound closure
  • Transitional Residency - colonoscopy
  • Surgery Residency - colonoscopy, vascular/ GI anastomosis, basic and advanced minimally invasive surgery, laparotomy, trauma leadership training, fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery testing, ultrasound course, crichothyroidotomy, central line
  • Internal Medicine (IM) Residents - central line placement, code blue drills
  • Pediatric Resident - lumbar puncture
  • Combined Boot Camp for Basic Clinical Skills - IM, Surgery, Family Medicine, OB/GYN Residency


  • Emergency Department - trauma team training
  • Cardiac Cath Lab - code blue training
  • PICU - pediatric mock code
  • PCU - cardiac monitoring, code blue and cardiac drug training

Allied Health

  • VCU Nurse Anesthesia
  • Carilion Clinic Patient Transport - airway management techniques
  • Respiratory Therapist - airway management techniques

Hospital Teams

  • Trauma Team Drills
  • Carilion Clinic Patient Transport- team training
  • Labor and Delivery- shoulder dystocia team drills

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

  • Physician Assistant Program - clinical skills practice
  • Physician Assistant Program - cardiac rhythm and cardiac emergent care medications training

Virginia Tech Carilion Medical Students

  • OB/GYN- pelvic exam, episiotomy repair, normal vaginal delivery, cervical dilation assessment, breast exam
  • Internal Medicine Student Clerkship- central line, lumbar puncture, airway management

Continuing Medical Education

  • Physician Self Directed Learning- laparoscopy, colonoscopy, laparotomy, central line placement, airway management techniques, lumbar puncture


  • Camp Carilion