The Vancouver General Hospital Simulation Centre (VGH SIM), formerly known as CESEI, has a brand new space in Blackmore Pavilion to support a wide range of simulation education for healthcare professionals and staff. The state-of-the-art centre provides a realistic safe learning environment where learners can study, practice and develop skills sets to advance patient care. VGH SIM Centre supports learning and growth of all healthcare professionals within VGH, as well as provincially, nationally and internationally. The centre consists of 12 rooms which include a lecture theatre, surgical cadaver lab, computer and skills lab, a dedicated high fidelity patient simulator room and 8 multipurpose breakout rooms. It also has the capability to use videoconferencing, webcasting, and video debriefing to further enhance learning and skill development.
The VGH SIM team is dedicated to providing a learning environment where learners feel safe to be challenged, try new techniques and skills, make mistakes while not causing harm and expand their learning through feedback, evaluation and reflection. Our desire is to play an active role in helping to identify and implement improvements in today's healthcare by supporting strong effective skills training, strengthening our culture of patient and staff safety, helping clinical experts identify best practice and workflow efficiencies, and support upcoming medical technology and equipment through simulation and research.
Simulation Environment Setup and Takedown
Operating a patient simulator (changing vital signs and cardiac rhythms)
Orientation to simulator, lab and supporting equipment
Support in creating a simulation scenario
Programming the simulation scenario
Video Debriefing, Videoconferencing, Webcasting, and Recording
Full cadaver labs and basic suturing sessions
Online exams and computer lab sessions
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Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please email BookVGHsim@vch.ca to discuss bookings outside of these hours.
There is pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:
Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street, across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.
The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue.
There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.
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Computer Labs for online exams, didactic materials, clinical education
CPD and CME Courses
Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS)
Nurses and Nursing Students
Medical Device Testing
Family Practice Suturing Labs
Regional Perioperative Education Program
Physiotherapy for VCH Staff and UBC Students
Surgeons and Surgical Residents
Surgical Labs - ENT, Orthopaedics, OB/GYN, Neurosurgery, Vascular