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Medical Education Simulation

Simulation session, student with airway bag

Simulation technology based education is a growing tool for education and training to assess, define and provide solutions to healthcare needs and improve patient safety.


The UCI Perioperative Simulation Center located on the UCI Medical Center campus combines a small-scale simulation center and mobile simulation activities to provide medical simulation education, training and research for perioperative needs within the medical center for all healthcare providers and trainees. Our unique combination of resources provides private simulation sessions on the medical campus as well as in-situ simulations within the hospital.

The UCI Perioperative Simulation Center aims to:

  • Provide a systematic approach to evaluate needs and gaps of perioperative systems, multidisciplinary teams, and competencies of clinicians.
  • Establish technologically innovative and multimodal simulation approaches to research, policy and curriculum development.
  • Meet the highest standard of excellence in the clinical setting through robust training and research of clinical education, patient safety and multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Focus on skill sets to promote cohesiveness and a culture of accountability to patient safety, system evaluation and transparency within departments and the medical center.


We offer a range of educational courses for physicians, fellows, residents, nurses, medical students and the community. Our simulation center offers a range of high-fidelity, low-fidelity and computer based simulation training.

If a different simulation activity is needed than what is listed, the UCI simulation team can create a course that best fits the needs of the trainee.

High Fidelity Simulation

  • Faculty development
  • Resident education
  • CRNA training
  • Sub-I education
  • Interdisciplinary team training
  • In-Situ (hospital) simulations

Low Fidelity Simulation

  • Technical skill training workshops
  • Task trainers located near operating rooms for procedural practice and warm up
  • Competency based trainings
  • Ultrasound workshops (regional, access)

Computer Based Training

Combined Fidelity Programs

Available Simulation Equipment

  • Arterial puncture wrist simulator
  • Anesthesia machine
  • B-Line mobile unit
  • Central line trainers
  • Cricothyrotomy simulators
  • Fiberoptic dexterity trainers
  • Infant airway trainers
  • Intubation heads
  • Lumbar epidural and puncture simulators
  • Neonatal airway trainers
  • Pediatric lumbar puncture simulator
  • ResusciAnne
  • SimMan3G®
  • SimRated® skills training
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) simulator
  • TEE/TTE simulator
  • Ultrasound training block models