Simulation Center - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Simulation Center

About the Program

The Simulation Center at the San Francisco VA Medical Center was built on the idea that we can improve the quality and efficiency of patient care through realistic simulations of normal and routine processes, as well as train all of our patient care staff to respond to emergency situations with more knowledge and confidence. Most importantly, is the team-training and team-building aspects of the simulation program.

Inside the Simulation Center 

Training occurs on the high tech mannequin, that simulates a normal patient or person. It can be attached to monitors commonly found in the hospital, and have several procedures performed such as: chest tube insertion, needle decompression of pneumothorax, IV catheter insertion, and airway management complete from standard intubation to bronchoscopy.  Other simulators found in the center are a laparoscopic training simulator, chest tube simulators, central line placement simulator for internal jugular and subclavian approaches, as well as numerous demonstration models.

Computer-Based Simulations

Computer based programs include physical examination skills reviews in heart, lung, abdomen, back, extremity and neurological examination. Other programs address issues such as Bioterrorism preparedness, Hemodynamic monitoring and interpretation, Critical Care patient monitoring, evaluation, and management, Anesthesia simulation. Recently, we have even added computer based simulation for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS ) preparation for certification.

Training in the Workplace

Because the SF VA Medical Center is committed to making continuing education possible for all health care staff at the hospital, the mannequin can become portable for scenario simulation in the work environment. This allows staff to participate in the simulation component of continuing education in a familiar surrounding, using standard available equipment, and working together with actual colleagues.

Learning Environment

It is emphasized upon entering the Simulation Center , that this is not a testing environment, but rather a learning environment. One of the goals of the center is to create a nonthreatening environment where learners can accomplish their education objectives without the pressure of the real patient care environment. Learners also have the opportunity to respond to situations and practice tasks until they feel comfortable, confident, and competent. Confidentiality is both expressed and implied, as this adds to the nonthreatening nature of the environment.


Contact Info


  • Bldg. 200
    2nd Floor
    (in the Medical Library)

Contact Number(s)

  • 415-221-4810 Ext. 2-2989

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.