Simulated Scenario

UC Davis Health’s Center for Virtual Care is a state of the art simulation education facility. With over 10,000 square feet of dedicated simulation space across the UC Davis Health campus, we offer a wide array of resources supporting interprofessional education. The Center offers the latest in high fidelity simulators and task trainers, as well as a trauma bay, operating theater, inpatient unit, 6 bay simulation area, standardized patient exam rooms, and equipment repair area. The facility is also complete with Smart technology including HD audio-visual capabilities, digital displays, integrated audio-video control and connectivity between classrooms within the building and into the adjacent Education building, allowing for real-time videoconferencing and teleproctoring. Briefing and larger conference rooms allow for didactic sessions prior to and post-simulation.

Patient simulators, programmed to respond like nearly any adult or pediatric patient a clinician might encounter, provide students and clinicians the opportunity to hone their clinical skills from performing common medical procedures to responding to rare and complex medical conditions and life-threatening emergencies. Using sophisticated models of physiology and pharmacology, the mannequins automatically produce a simulated response based on the student’s or clinician’s actions or interventions. The Center for Virtual Care also has several portable mannequins which allows clinicians to train with paramedics in the field or in-situ. The Center for Virtual Care also serves as a research laboratory where researchers can test and study the use of technology in patient care in a simulated environment.

UC Davis ranks among the top teaching hospitals in the nation and is a regional resource for training physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals. The UC Davis Center for Virtual Care incorporates a variety of sophisticated simulation training tools to create a virtual hospital environment for practicing medical procedures. The versatile center can mimic a single intensive care unit or replicate the flow of patients through the medical center – from the field to transport through emergency treatment and surgery to the intensive care unit.

Virtual hospital applications include:

  • Normal operations
  • Staff assessment
  • Clinical pathways
  • Emergency operations
  • Disaster response / Bio-terrorism / Mass casualty events
  • Professional education & In-service training (onsite and telehealth)
  • Continuing medical education
  • Competency training and assessment

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The Center for Virtual Care has a number of simulators supporting surgical simulation including a Simbionix ANGIO Mentor, Bronch GI Trainer, and Laparoscopic Mentor, Simulab Trauma Child and Vascular-Access Child. With use of this equipment, as well as robotic devices, students and practitioners alike are able to practice surgical procedures necessary in patient care. Surgical faculty in conjunction with the Center for Virtual care offer a variety of classes. For more information about surgical class offerings, please contact the Center for Virtual Care at (916) 734-4708.

The Center for Virtual Care is accredited as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute through the American College of Surgeons.


Team training is of vital importance in the healthcare setting. The CVC supports code blue team training, trauma surgical mock codes and has assisted the Obstetrics/Gynecology department in creating “Code-C” scenarios for improving team dynamics during a cesarean section delivery. Teams comprised of faculty, residents and nurses must work together for effective and timely decision making. During complex scenarios, clinicians must exercise independent critical thinking skills yet employ strategies that result in teamwork needed to save mother and child.

During each session, the team’s interaction and communication is recorded. The recording is then reviewed and instructor feedback is provided during the debrief session. While feedback is provided periodically throughout the session, it is during the debrief session where an in-depth examination of the team dynamic occurs. Highlighting the positive teamwork that occurred, while outlining where improvements are needed, provides the learner with a well-rounded perspective and knowledge they can generalize should they be faced with a similar situation in the future.

Additionally, the CVC has been instrumental partner in the in situ Trauma Resuscitation Training Program. This initiative relies on collaboration between the Trauma Surgery service, Emergency Medicine faculty and nursing and CVC resources. These trainings are held twice a month and are activated as a high level code without warning. The resuscitation takes place in the emergency department with the entire service in attendance (residents, students, nurses, pharmacy, respiratory and radiology). The scenarios are modeled after cases that have been identified through the trauma quality improvement program. For information about in situ training course offerings, please contact the Center at (916) 734-4708.