Center for Simulation

The Department of Simulation at the Brookdale University Hospital Center supports the development of new, immersive, simulation-based educational programs using new technologies in medical education.

Our Facility

Our facility consists of 4 rooms separated by a control room. We have an Adult HAL, a child HAL and a neonate which are  high fidelity robotic mannequins that facilitate the identification of pathologic physical exam findings and foster the development of clinical reasoning and procedural skills. Our task trainers include phantom torso’s and arms allowing trainees to practice central and peripheral intravenous line placement, Lumbar Puncture and airway management. A compact ultrasound system and additional tissue phantoms enables trainees to learn bedside limited ultrasound and to practice ultrasound-guided techniques for invasive procedures.

Our integrated, computer-based learning system assesses and manages simulation sessions, giving real-time clinical guidance on monitors in simulated patient rooms (SPRs).

  • Provides an immersive educational experience for residents, medical students, nurses, clinical trainees, and faculty throughout the One Brooklyn Health (OBH)
  • Generates a distinctive, inter-professional educational environment, where students from various professions collaborate over the course of their education to develop professional excellence and teamwork
  • Creates a safe environment (with the goal of clinical error reduction and patient safety) by utilizing simulation and ultrasound technology in trainee education and assessment in resuscitative, invasive, and surgical procedures


High Fidelity Simulation

Mock Codes

Our high-fidelity mannequins allow recognition of pathological exam findings, and promote the cultivation of clinical reasoning and procedural skills in a fault-free environment.

Our Equipment

Using Partial Task Trainers allows trainees to practice speciality-specific skills such as lumbar puncture, endotracheal intubation, central and peripheral line placement, pericardiocentesis, transvenous pacemaker insertion, and other invasive procedures.

Compact ultrasound systems and tissue phantoms allows students to study and practice ultrasound-guided techniques for invasive procedures such as thoracentesis, paracentesis, vascular access, and regional anesthesia.

Our Partners

Our partners and users at Brookdale University Simulation Center include:

  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Nursing
  • Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education

Interdisciplinary Trauma Resuscitation

Emergency Medicine and Surgery residents collaborate as a trauma team to care for patients with severe trauma, with an emphasis on the team work.

Geriatric Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine

The simulation-based course for Emergency Medicine Residents consists of a range of topics related to Geriatric care in the Emergency Department. These include, but not limited to: atypical presentations of disease, initial management and stabilization of geriatric emergencies, epidemiology, and palliative care.

Pericardiocentesis Training

Cardiology fellows practice pericardiocentesis on simulated models through traditional and practical training.

Pediatric Resuscitation

Emergency Medicine and Pediatric residents master resuscitation skills and team approach management through the use of critically-ill, simulated patients.

Kareen Thompson-Holcomb MD

Medical Director

Amit Pradhan

Medical Simulation Manager