SimLEARN_logoThe Lake Nona-based VHA Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) National Simulation Center will dedicate its new facility this Friday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place in front of the SimLEARN facility located at 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, Florida 32827. Dr. Richard Stone, VA Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, will provide the keynote address.

The new center will serve as the operational hub for coordination of all national VA simulation-based clinical training activities. The facility provides an immersive training environment by replicating actual patient treatment areas within a reconfigurable, multipurpose environment.

“SimLEARN focuses on the ‘train the trainer’ concept,” said Dr. Harry Robinson, SimLEARN National Program Manager. “Representatives from VA medical centers nationwide will experience SimLEARN’s immersive, high-technology training to become instructors, and then take their knowledge and skill back to conduct local training; it’s a proven concept that is both effective and efficient.”

The 51,000-square-foot facility, which can accommodate up to 160 students at a time, allows trainees to learn in a simulated environment without putting patients at risk. It gives instructors the opportunity to focus on specific tasks that students can repeat often to train to a mastery skill level.

The location of the National Simulation Center, with its close proximity to other large clinical, educational and research facilities, provides enhanced opportunities for collaborations and research in new clinical simulation technologies and methods.

Tours of the new SimLEARN facility will follow the dedication ceremony.

For more information, contact the Orlando VAMC Public Affairs office at (407) 631-4436, or at vhaorlpublicaffairs@va.gov.