What is simulation?

The simulated setting allows learners to experience, practice, and evaluate an event or process in a safe and supportive environment. This is particularly effective in high-risk clinical situations. A learner who experiences a simulated event gains practice and understanding of a system or human action. Following the simulation, an expert leads a debrief, in which learners discuss what happened and what they did well, and it helps identify opportunities for systemic, team, and/or personal improvements. These changes not only improve patient outcomes but also improves efficiency and cost savings.

How do you get to Clinical Simulation?

The simulation lab is located on the 3rd floor of Quarterback Tower and the Procedural Simulation Lab is on the 2nd floor of Jefferson Tower. We have compiled directions to help you navigate. If you have additional questions, contact us at simulation@uabmc.edu.

Can I really facilitate a simulation?

Our team will work with you to prepare you to facilitate your simulation. There are several options available for you to prepare to present a valuable experience for your team. We will work with you to create the course based on your unique needs. Just contact us at simulation@uabmc.edu and we can get you started. To start, take a look at our process.

Who would benefit from a simulation experience?

Anyone! Simulation is not just for clinical roles. Simulation can support any profession. Simulation is about continuous improvement, improving efficiencies, and improving safety. Clinical-based experiences are the most utilized, but we can support any area in the health system from environmental services to admitting.

Can I borrow equipment?

Of course! UAB Clinical Simulation has a wide variety of trainers available. We will work with you to find the best trainers for you to meet the objectives of your simulation. Don’t be shy, let us know what you want to accomplish and we will find you a great solution. To start your equipment loan, complete the Equipment Loan Request form and we will be in touch with you.

What experiences are available?

We have a wide variety of simulation curricula ready to launch to support your objectives. If you have a need beyond our “out of the box” simulations, let us know. We will meet with you and discuss your goals for the experience. Our team is highly creative and is committed to utilizing simulation as a teaching tool. We will collaborate with you to develop an experience that meets the need of your unique team.

Standardized Patients vs. Embedded Participants?

Standardized Patients are specially trained individuals who provide standardized performances to create formative and summative educational experiences. If you are interested in learning more about Standardized Patients, please visit the Office of Standardized Patient Education website.

Embedded Participants are individuals involved in the simulation to help guide scenarios. UAB Clinical Simulation most frequently utilizes simulation staff to deliver key information for learners (e.g. nurses providing vitals, providing patient updates, etc.).

How do cancellations work if I’ve paid a fee?

  • Payment for all fee-based courses is due at the time of registration.
  • Each course requires a minimum number of learners to avoid cancellation.
  • Space will not be held for registered learners unless monies are received. Registrations made without payment are placed in a waitlisted status.
  • Generally, at least five learners are required to conduct a course.
  • Learners will be notified at least 10 business days before a scheduled course should the course need to be cancelled due to low enrollment.
  • Learners may cancel a course registration up to 10 business days prior to the course, and all monies will be refunded minus a 10% processing fee.
  • Learners may cancel a course registration less than 10 business days prior to the course but will not be refunded unless another learner can fill the spot. If the spot is filled, the learner will be refunded all monies minus a 20% processing fee.
  • Learners registered for a scheduled course may change to a different date up to 10 business days prior to the registered course without penalty.
  • Learners registered for a scheduled course may change to a different date less than 10 business days prior to the registered course but will be charged a 20% rescheduling fee. The 20% rescheduling fee will be waived if another learner can fill the spot.
  • Learners who cancel within 24 hours of a registered course forfeit all monies paid.
  • Learners who do not show up for a course forfeit all monies paid.