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Simulation Experiences

Full-body computerized patient simulatorsFull Body Patient

The Shelden Clinical Simulation Center houses a complete family of high-fidelity mannequins, including two pregnant mannequins; three newborns; a 1-year old; two 5-year olds; and nine adult males. These mannequins are used to teach procedures and skills, as well as validate critical thinking, team performance and provide experience with high-acuity, low-volume situations that occur in the pre-hospital, hospital and clinical environments.

Standardized patients

A standardized patient is a person who has been carefully coached to portray an actualSimulation Stand patient scenario so accurately that the encounter cannot be detected by a skilled health care provider. Standardized patients are used to validate a learner's ability to interact with a patient in an appropriate, professional manner. They are very useful in teaching interview and physical exam skills, as well as the evaluation of patient-centered care, cultural competency, difficult discussions and professionalism. Standardized patients provide a risk-free learning environment in preparation for interactions with real patients. Learn more about becoming a standardized patient by contacting the center at 573-884-0277 or by email at

Virtual reality

Virtual reality has been validated as a means for surgical procedures and enhancing critical thinking skills. The center is a testing site for the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery (FLS) program.

Task trainersHybrid Training

Low-fidelity task trainers are fundamental tools for the instruction of clinical skills and procedures. These provide anatomically-correct landmarks and allow the learner to acquire, develop, and maintain motor skills required to efficiently perform a particular procedure.

Hybrid simulations

The practice of combining any of the above simulation modalities is termed a "hybrid simulation." The use of more than one modality allows for the creation of more realistic scenarios and using the strength of each practice to better teach or assess learners.

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