• Neonatologist Maj. Heather Delaney critiques Pediatric residents, Air Force Capt. Manisha Patel and Austin Baltensperger and Kimberly Wical, medical student, after their simulated neonatal resuscitation exercise at Brooke Army Medical Center's SIM Center.

    Neonatologist Maj. Heather Delaney critiques...

    Neonatologist Maj. Heather Delaney critiques Pediatric residents, Air Force Capt. Manisha Patel and Austin Baltensperger and Kimberly Wical, medical student, after their simulated neonatal resuscitation exercise at Brooke Army Medical Center's SIM...

  • Army Capt. Michael Clemens, general surgery resident, practices on the laboratory virtual simulator in the simulation center at San Antonio Military Medical Center. The center offers simulation labs made to replicate the operating room, intensive care unit, ward, and trauma rooms.

    Army Capt. Michael Clemens, general surgery...

    Army Capt. Michael Clemens, general surgery resident, practices on the laboratory virtual simulator in the simulation center at San Antonio Military Medical Center. The center offers simulation labs made to replicate the operating room, intensive care...

Brooke Army Medical Center's Simulation Center was recently accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in the areas of simulation teaching/education, training, and research last month. The Center is only one of 33 to be accredited by the SSH, which oversees the quality of simulation centers around the world.

"This accreditation validates the high quality of the medical simulation training that is being done at SAMMC," said Army Lt. Col. Rhonda Deen, BAMC SIM Center medical director. "This recognition confirms that we have an active simulation program that covers multiple disciplines, that our individual programs use objectives to measure outcomes for improvements, and that we use standards by which we evaluate our simulation instructors. All of these factors equal high quality, realistic medical training that leads to positive impacts in patient safety."

The Center is also the second in the Army to receive an accreditation in Research. Madigan Army Medical Center, headquarters for the Central Simulation Committee, was the first to be recognized in 2009.

The research studies at SAMMC include "Educating healthcare providers to care for burn patients (using high fidelity human patient simulation," "External validation of a virtual reality transurethral resection of the prostate simulator," "Assessment of users to control simulated junctional hemorrhage with the combat ready clamp," "Trauma resuscitation evaluation times and correlating human patient simulation training differences."

BAMC SIM Center served more than 8,000 personnel and conducted over 40,000 simulation hours last year.

"As one of the busiest of the 10 facilities that are supported by the Army Central Simulation Committee, we would not be able to achieve this accomplishment without the efforts and support of two groups," said Deen. "One, the dedicated SIM champions from different departments who consistently advocate the benefits of Medical Simulation Training and two, BAMC SIM staff who worked tirelessly to increase productivity during challenging times and made this goal a reality. These two groups of people make my job easy."

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