Vancouver General Hospital Simulation Centre (VGH SIM)

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
  • Technical support 
  • Video Debriefing, Videoconferencing, Webcasting, and Recording
  • Full cadaver labs and basic suturing sessions
  • Online exams and computer lab sessions

Contact us

View the VGH SIM centre map

View the daily events

For booking inquires, email 

VGH SIM Booking Terms and Conditions 

For general inquires or to arrange a phone or in person meeting with a staff member, email  

The VGH Sim Centre team are focused on supporting scheduled simulation and learning events each day within the simulation centre and Vancouver General Hospital, so the best way to contact us is using the emails above and we will get back to you within 7 business days.  

VGH Simulation Centre - Leon Judah Blackmore Pavilion

230 - 855 West 12th Avenue
2nd floor
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1M9

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Please email to discuss bookings outside of these hours.


?Please fill out the booking form and one of the VGH Sim Centre Staff will get back to you within 4 business days.  The submitted from will be automatically sent to

Parking & transportation

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.

Download parking rates for VCH facilities

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Our High Fidelity manikins include

  • CAE Human Patient Simulator
  • CAE METIMan (2)
  • CAE Apollo (2)
  • Guamard Birthing Simulator  
  • Laerdal SimMan 3G
  • Laerdal SimMan Essential

Our Low Fidelity mannikins include

  • Laerdal SimMan Classic (2)
  • CAE ECS (2)

Our Task Trainers include

  • Simbionix GI Mentor
  • Da Vinci Mimic Robotic Simulator
  • Harvey Cardiopulmonary Simulator
  • Internal Medicine Task Trainers
  • Surgical Task Trainers

List of Wet Lab Equipment

  • Laparoscopic Surgical Towers (Linvatec, Stryker, Olympus)
  • Autopsy Tables
  • Surgical Instruments

List of Technical Equipment

  • TV Monitor in every breakout room
  • CAE Learning Space Debriefing System
  • Extron Video Streaming and Recording Device (2)
  • Videoconferencing in Lecture Theatre, Wet Lab, and Breakout Room 1
  • 20 Computer Workstations with administrative access, and connections to VCH/UBC
  • 2 Workstation on Wheels

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Some of the programs we support include

  • Anesthesiology

  • ACLS

  • ATLS

  • Canadian Armed Forces

  • Computer Labs for online exams, didactic materials, clinical education

  • Clinical Education

  • CPD and CME Courses

  • Dentistry

  • Emergency Medicine

  • 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

  • Respiratory Therapists

  • Surgeons and Surgical Residents

  • Surgical Labs - ENT, Orthopaedics, OB/GYN,  Neurosurgery, Vascular