Our Simulation Program

Opened by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine (now known as the Max Rady College of Medicine), Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Province of Manitoba on April 11, 2008, the Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) is one of Canada’s most comprehensive simulation teaching facilities. The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, in collaboration with WRHA, operates the 11,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility  which is located in the 000 Level  of the University of Manitoba's Brodie Centre at 727 McDermott Ave.

The Clinical Learning Simulation Program provides Simulation Based Education resources, coordination and support to University of Manitoba, Faculty of Health Sciences programs including, undergraduate, postgraduate continuing professional development (CPD) and assessment across all of the FHS colleges. In addition, the Program also supports Simulation Based education and training activity for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and its clinical units and a number of other external users.

Our simulation program utilizes task trainers, standardized patients, immersive mannequin-based scenarios, and combinations of these approaches to recreate clinical events. These are conducted on site in our simulation lab or skills lab, and in-situ in clinical environments across the WRHA. A satellite center provides a similar spectrum of activities to learners at the Grace General Hospital.

The program is comprised of three key components:

  • Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF or Sim Lab): consists of 14 rooms in level 000 Brodie and 3 rooms on the 200 level. The Sim Lab is a high-tech facility that has multiple types of simulators (Simulation Mannequins, HARVEY, endoscopy, laparoscopy, bronchoscopy, intravenous, and ultrasound) and supports clinical assessment and communication skills teaching, scenario-based teaching, and the conduct of practical exams. Like a hospital, all of the CLSF’s 14 multipurpose examination rooms are equipped with a diagnostic headwall featuring blood pressure cuffs, otoscope, thermometer. Medical gas columns, heart-rate monitors, intravenous carts and all other equipment required in the course of real clinical care is stocked and available.  Each room is also equipped with high-fidelity video cameras with real-time playback capability to facilitate evaluations and debriefing -central to the simulation teaching style. The “patients” – two adults, a birthing mother, an infant and a child — are all anatomically correct robotic mannequins who can breathe, have pulses and reflexes. Our clinical education specialist and our simulation technicians are skilled and ready to assist instructors with design and setup to obtain the best possible results for their simulation-based teaching.
  • Clinical and Procedural Skills Lab (or Skills Lab): is a large single room space located at 211 Basic Medical Sciences Building (formerly known as Theatre D) designed to train students in technical and procedural skills instruction through the use of biological and synthetic models ranging from simple task trainers to more advanced surgical stations.
  • Standardized Patient Program (SPP): provides Standardized patients (SPs) to the Faculty of Health Sciences’ educational programs as well as other internal and external programs for the purposes of training and evaluating students. SPs are persons trained to portray the personal history, physical symptoms, emotional characteristics and everyday concerns of an actual patient. The program also includes Male Urinary/Rectal Teaching Associates and Female Clinical Teaching Associates (MURTAs and CTAs) trained to provide the instruction of male and female clinical exams. 

Overall, the program supports health sciences education programs with over 15,000 room hours and over 10,000 hours of Standardized patient activity per year. Program resources comprise of almost 12,000 sq. ft. of teaching space.