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Featured Giving Opportunity: Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation

Simulation training saves lives. A new simulation center at Rush is giving Rush’s clinicians and students more opportunities to refine their skills in a safe, controlled environment.

With your support, the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation can safely and effectively train health care practitioners in the following ways:

  • Developing precise communication skills
  • Perfecting clinical techniques
  • Gaining expertise at treating rare and complex cases
  • Experiencing real-world scenarios in a risk-free environment
  • Ongoing accreditation of Rush caregivers

“Simulation is a safe place to make mistakes. It’s where we practice unfamiliar techniques and new procedures, address our inefficiencies and learn from errors. The goal is that by the time a team treats your loved one, they know exactly how to get it right.”

Michelle Sergel, MD
Co-director, Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation

Realistic simulation scenarios, lifesaving training

Rush’s new simulation center is a valuable resource not only for Rush University students and practicing clinicians at Rush, but also for medical training groups, including the United States military.

While Rush’s previous simulation center contained just one simulation lab, the new center offers seven training environments, in which an array of human patient simulators replicate myriad signs, symptoms and conditions in a wide range of treatment scenarios. Advanced audiovisual and recording systems enable recording and playback of training sessions so that trainees can review their performance and learn from mistakes.

With philanthropic support, a second phase of construction planned for 2018 will expand available training opportunities even further. Mock exam rooms will be home to a standardized patient program, where trainees will practice diagnoses and communication with live actors posing as patients. Phase II construction will also include a wet laboratory for practicing skills like central line insertions and surgical stitches.

How you can support the simulation center

To learn more about the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation or make a gift, contact Mari Philipsborn, director of development, at or (312) 942-6567.

Or support the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation by making a gift online.

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