U of Illinois-Chicago opens 3 healthcare simulation centers


The University of Illinois at Chicago's colleges of medicine, nursing and pharmacy are each launching new clinical simulation centers to provide students with thousands of hours' worth of hands-on training.

The College of Medicine's Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute spans 22 outpatient exam rooms, six inpatient rooms and a nurses' station across 28,000 square feet. The $23.5 million center also features an operating room outfitted with 10 full-body manikins and with UIC's Immersive Touch virtual reality-based surgery simulation.

The M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning and Simulation Laboratory at the College of Nursing is funded by a $5 million donation from its namesake alumna. Along with the typical inpatient and nurse practitioner rooms, its 15,000 square feet of teaching and learning space also comprise a high-tech birthing suite and a model apartment to simulate a home care setting.

Finally, the College of Pharmacy's Herbert and Carol Retzky Simulation Center, named for the couple who donated $1 million for renovations, includes a simulated pharmacy and counseling rooms. Six of the college's courses will require simulated learning experiences at the 5,000-square-foot center, where students can practice all of a pharmacist's daily duties, from filling and dispensing medication to advising patients.

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