About

Our Mission:

To provide exemplary simulation development, programming, and research in order to build bridges between disciplines and transform health sciences education and practice.

Two Centers, One Team

The Interprofessional Education and Resource Center (IERC) and Academic Health Center (AHC) Simulation Center jointly serve the educational needs of the schools in the Academic Health Center and the surrounding professional health care workforce. Our team of simulation professionals works collaboratively with faculty and providers to design, implement, and assess impactful educational experiences. We support the spectrum of simulation, specializing in the integration of standardized patients, human patient simulators, and task trainers.

Our team is dedicated to facilitating educational experiences designed to:

  • Integrate competency-based curriculum and assessment in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education
  • Improve patient safety
  • Develop and promote interprofessional education and collaborative practice
  • Foster the development of clinical skills and patient (or client) communication
  • Meet assessment needs for professional accreditation
  • Support educational research

The staff of the IERC and AHC Simulation Center has expertise in all aspects of conducting simulations - from developing scenarios based on cutting-edge research, to utilizing standardized patients and human patient simulators, to the science behind effective debriefing and evaluation. Get started by scheduling a consultation or project, and we will collaborate with you to develop and implement simulation strategies matched to your educational needs. 

Our Facilities and Resources

The IERC and AHC Simulation Center are located on the Minneapolis campus in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building. Here, instructors have access to state-of-the-art educational services and facilities to develop simulations that are customized to meet specific educational needs and address emerging health care challenges. With a combined square footage of approximately 12,500 square feet, the Centers house fully equipped exam and procedure rooms, as well as simulation rooms designed for hospital-based and emergency scenarios.