North Dakota Simulation Center receives sustaining grant

simulatorThe Simulation Center at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has received the first half of a two-year $250,000 grant for a project entitled “Sustaining the SIM-ND Program.” The multi-sponsor grant was awarded jointly by five health care providers from across the state: Altru Health System, Essentia Health, CHI St. Alexius Health, Sanford Health – Fargo, and Trinity Health. Each provider has agreed to contribute $25,000 per year to the SMHS Simulation Center for two years.

The SMHS Simulation Center is a hands-on simulation training facility for multidisciplinary health care providers. The state-of-the-art space offers a clinical setting where health care professionals can actively apply their knowledge in simulation, observation, and debriefing of real-life patient scenarios, with the goal of improving patient safety and care. The innovative facility is the only one of its kind in North Dakota; its mission is to use interactive simulation in teaching, educating, and providing an arena for research in health care.

The Simulation Center manages four Simulation In Motion-North Dakota (SIM-ND) mobile education units: custom-built, 44-foot long learning labs on wheels. SIM-ND units bring simulation education to all third-year medical students training at SMHS campuses away from Grand Forks. Units also provide health care education to rural areas of North Dakota so emergency responders and other providers can upgrade their skills closer to home rather than leave their service areas for training.