The Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning (IMSAL) serves the entire eleven-hospital system of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), providing simulation-based education to advance system-wide patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.
IMSAL currently offers courses to all 11 HHC hospitals in central line placement and maintenance skills, basic and advanced airway skills, cardiac code team and shoulder dystocia management. Other courses, including pediatric airway management, central line placement skills, and cardiac code team, as well as team training in crisis resource management, are under development.
The simulation center houses six simulation rooms replicating operating, intensive care and emergency rooms, as well as four patient exam rooms, a clinical skills room, three debriefing/conference rooms and three control rooms. Cutting edge simulation equipment includes a family of high-fidelity patient mannequins and an array of virtual reality and part-task trainers. Standardized patient actors will also be available, and the facility will be equipped with a state-of-the-art digital audiovisual system to capture and transmit simulations for debriefing and assessment, video conferencing and remote participation.