Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Program

The Brody School of Medicine (BSOM), in collaboration with Vidant Medical Center (VMC) provides access to simulation-based education. A fourteen room 5,000 sq. ft. Clinical Simulation Center is located adjacent to the hospital on the first floor of the Brody Health Sciences Building. Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Program administration includes a Director from the Department of Emergency Medicine and a full-time master's prepared nurse Manager of Operations, who is supported jointly by BSOM and VMC. Vidant Medical Center's Center for Learning and Performance partners with BSOM simulation in offering educational activities to Vidant Medical Center staff.Simulation faculty represents clinical services, basic science departments of BSOM and VMC staff. Simulation techniques used to teach technical and non-technical "team building" skills are incorporated into medical student, resident, fellow, nursing, and pre-hospital training curricula. Additional department facilities used for simulation education include BSOM's Gross Anatomy Lab, Office of Clinical Skills Assessment & Education and VMC patient care areas for in-situ simulation training.


The mission of the Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Program is to promote excellence in clinical care, advance patient safety initiatives and improve multidisciplinary team performance through broad application of high-fidelity medical simulation modalities, state-of-the-art teaching and assessment tools and methodologies to further healthcare education at all levels of training. This signifies a collaborative approach to build and advance a safer healthcare system. The overall goal is to educate while placing an emphasis on patient, practitioner, and learner safety.This is being accomplished by the development of a regional, technologically sophisticated, interprofessional simulation-based experiential learning and assessment program in collaboration with Vidant Medical.


With the use of simulation as an educational modality, emergency medicine resident physicians learn and practice clinical skills in a dynamic, reality-based, risk-free environment. Simulation and procedural skills curriculum delivery is organized into a self-directed pre-course study component, didactic reinforcement, and a hands-on, simulation-based experience. Simulation sessions allow faculty to emphasize patient safety concepts, teach and assess knowledge and skills, decision making, code organization, team concepts, communication skills, and assist the resident in building confidence and competency.

The mission of the Clinical Simulation Program is to promote excellence in clinical care, promote both patient and learner safety, and improve multidisciplinary team performance through the use of simulation modalities. The program brings together simulation-based education throughout the medical center, health sciences campus, and university. It makes use of a variety of simulation modalities for teaching, practice, performance assessment, and maintenance of skills such as:

  • Access to web-based opportunities for self-directed study and didactics
  • A variety of hands-on skills lab opportunities utilizing part-task trainers and models
  • Computer-enhanced, full-scale high-fidelity simulators
  • A Gross anatomy procedural skills experience
  • The use of patient care areas for in-situ simulation experiences

The Clinical Simulation Center, located on the first floor of the Brody Health Sciences Building in close proximity to the Emergency Department, provides a collaborative learning environment where trainees and practicing health professionals learn, train, work, and rehearse together in a nonthreatening, simulated clinical environment.

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Walter C. "Skip" Robey III, MD
Assistant Dean, Office of Simulation and Safety Education
Director, Clinical
ECU Emergency Medicine
VMC 3ED-322
The Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27834