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Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF)

The CLSF is one of Canada’s most comprehensive simulation teaching facilities in a state-of-the-art facility covering more than 11,000 square feet.

About the CLSF

The Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) is one of Canada’s most comprehensive simulation teaching facilities in a state-of-the-art facility; covering more than 11,000 square feet.

Like a hospital, all of the CLSF’s 14 multipurpose examination rooms are equipped with a diagnostic headwall featuring blood pressure cuffs, otoscope, and 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 manikins 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.

Contact clsf@umanitoba.ca to view the CLSP Governance Operations Manual.

About the skills lab

The skills lab is designed to train students in technical and procedural skills through the use of biological and synthetic models, ranging from simple task trainers to more advanced surgical stations.

Biosafety guidelines for the skills lab

The skills lab is classified by  workplace health and safety legislation as  a containment level 2 lab.

At all times, regardless of  the presence of biohazardous material, the following rules must be observed:

  • NO FOOD OR DRINK is allowed in the lab at any time
  • The door to the lab is to stay closed
  • No outer wear (coats, jackets, etc.), purses or bags allowed in the lab at any time 
  • Wash your hands upon exiting the lab

There are lockers that require a quarter (25 cents) outside the lab. The quarter is returned when the key is put back into the locker. Or, your bags and jackets can be placed on the table outside the lab.

When biohazardous material is present:

  • Closed toe shoes are to be worn
  • Long hair (shoulder length) must be tied back
  • Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be supplied for your session if required (i.e. gowns, gloves, masks)
  • PPE must be removed before exiting the lab. Your own lab coats should be left outside the lab and used for clean wear


The Clinical Learning and Simulation Program (CLSP) provides a wide range of trainers, hospital supplies and other equipment to create a high-quality simulation-based education event.

When booking activities, please indicate specifically which resources you wish to have available. A full list of materials is available in our equipment catalogue.

View the equipment catalogue (PDF)

If you would like to recommend equipment to expand our current inventory, fill out the equipment purchase request form.

Equipment purchase request form

Documents are available in alternate formats on request.

Annual planning cycle for 2025-2026 academic year

The Clinical Learning Simulation Program is now accepting booking and resource requests for dates occurring after August 1, 2025.

To ensure all requests are treated and approved fairly, please follow the detailed schedule below. Bookings will then be prioritized, conflicts identified, resolved, and/or adjudicated and confirmations sent by email.


  • For sessions between August 1, 2025 – July 31, 2026:
    • Submit booking requests by: March 1, 2025
    • Confirmations sent out by: April 2025


  • Session organizers may submit requests after the above deadline. However, requests submitted after March 1, 2025 may receive lower priority.
  • Late requests will be accommodated based on resource availability.

Available rooms

Room Capacity Equipment Room # Building
Exam rooms 6-7 Hi-lo treatment table (electric, with wheels), small table 1, 2 3, 4 Lower level, Brodie Centre
Exam rooms with obs/gyn exam table 6-7 Obs/gyn examination table (electric, stationary), small table 5, 6, 7, 8 Lower level, Brodie Centre
Hi-fidelity simulation room 12 Pediatric / obstetrical manikin 9 Lower level, Brodie Centre
Hi-fidelity simulation rooms 12 Adult manikin 10, 11 Lower level, Brodie Centre
Large rooms 16-18 Hospital bed, large table 12, 13, 14 Lower level, Brodie Centre
Small group learning rooms and Central learning area 6-12   205 A-H Second floor, Brodie Centre
Clinical and procedural skills lab
45 18 two-person tables inside a large wet lab 211 Basic Medical Sciences Building

Standardized patient program

Standardized patients are laypeople specifically trained to portray a wide range of symptoms and medical conditions. They assist in both teaching and examination situations to help faculty assess students' clinical exam and communication/interpersonal skills across the health sciences.

Standardized patients

Standardized patients reflect the diversity of our community, with a wide range ethnicities, ages, income groups, etc.

All that is required to become a standardized patient is an interest in acting or role-playing and a willingness to learn and teach.

To apply to join the standardized patient program, contact  clsfspprogram@umanitoba.ca.

Sensitive exam teaching associates

Sensitive exam teaching associates are laypeople that trained specifically for:

  • Sensitive Exam Teaching Associates (SETAs)
  • Clinical Teaching Associates (CTAs) teach pelvic and/or breast exams
  • Male Urogenital Teach Associates (MUTAs) teach genital / rectal exams

What to expect

All standardized patients receive training, which usually takes place in the evenings one to two weeks in advance of the date the role is required. The more complex the role, the more training is required.

Typically, standardized patients are asked to learn a fictitious person's background, or medical history. Sometimes you need to be able to reproduce the symptoms that would accompany that medical history, but not always: the roles all have varying degrees of complexity. Some roles also require careful written or verbal feedback from you regarding how well a candidate may (or may not) have done.

It is important to know that you would never have to do anything that made you uncomfortable. The roles are all fairly straightforward and no more invasive than a basic check-up at your family doctor.

Book a standardized patient

To book a standardized patient, submit a request here.

Please familiarize yourself with the polices and expectations regarding the booking, scheduling and cancellation of Standardized Patients. The policy, titled Utilization of standardized patients resources, bookings, cancellations, can be found here

Simulation education, research and programming

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences has established a committee to act as the main operational and programming committee of the RFHS in relation to simulation activities within the Rady Faculty and the Clinical Learning and Simulation Program.

The Simulation Education, Research and Programming (SERP) Committee's mandate is to:

  • Oversee the implementation of simulation-based educational programs and research for the RFHS;
  • Oversee, and provide advice to the Director, CLSP, respecting the operational and programming activities of the CLSP.

To learn more, or if you're interested in attending a meeting/joining the team, visit the SERP website.

SERP website

Forms and guidelines

Guidelines on Biosafety guidelines for the skills lab can be viewed above under the facilities section.

Please see the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences policies page for related information.


Contact us

Clinical Learning and Simulation Program (CLSP)
Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 8am to 4pm