Tripler's Medical Simulation Center
- Welcome to the Army's Central Simulation Committee Medical Simulation Center at Tripler Army Medical Center. The Tripler Medical Simulation Center (TMSC) operates within, and supports simulation-based medical education. TAMC is a major teaching center that supports 13 physician training programs with more than 220 resident and fellowship positions.
- Tripler has graduate programs for nurse anesthetists, physician assistants and health care administrators. A majority of the training programs at TAMC currently have educational programs and curricula using simulation-based medical education in place for their students and regularly utilize the TMSC.
- The TMSC supports an extensive variety of educational courses to resident physicians, nurses and other learners. Courses supported range from basic skill training using task trainers to high-fidelity virtual reality simulation to large scale, interdisciplinary team-training exercises.
- In order to optimize the training students receive within the MSC, the MSC conducts ongoing quarterly Faculty Development Courses in simulation-based medical education for the medical educators at TAMC.
- To find out more information, contact the MSC administrator at 808-433-3092, or stop by room 9A028.
- Central Simulation Committee Mission Statement:
- The Army Central Simulation Committee will be a worldwide leader in managing and directing the multi-disciplinary simulation training to enhance Graduate Medical Education, assist in Redeployment training and improve Patient Safety.
- We will ensure that our providers are “Trained, Competent, Safe, and Ready” to care for our Soldiers and their families.
- Tripler Medical Simulation Center Mission Statement:
- The TMSC’s mission is to support the Graduate Medical Education residency programs in the area of medical simulation training.
- Will also support provider deployment and redeployment medical simulation training.
- We strive to improve patient safety, practitioner efficiency and competency in the hospital as well as improving the care of military personnel in harm’s way.
- Our primary goal is to bring together healthcare professionals in realistic simulated environments where skills, communication, teamwork and critical thinking are practiced and taught.
Equipment and Capabilities
- The TMSC is comprised of an administrative office (566 square feet), a shared class room on the ninth floor (1,935 square feet) and a newly built simulation center (1,100 square feet) in the eleventh floor Medical Library.
- The large classroom on the ninth floor provides an ideal location for large group training activities, such as the suture training regularly conducted by the Army Medics. The eleventh floor simulation center offers enough space for four separate patient care areas, equipped with simulated oxygen outlets (using compressed air) and working suction.
- The central control room includes one-way glass for unobtrusive monitoring of simulation training by course facilitators. Funding is currently pending to install a state of the art audio-visual monitoring and recording system.
- The TMSC has an inventory of nearly $2 million of simulation equipment. This includes task trainers for a variety of medical procedures, high-technology manikin (life-sized anatomical human model used in education)-based simulators ranging from newborn infants to adults, and virtual reality simulators for laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
- Tripler Army Medical Center’s Medical Simulation Center was established March 2008.
- The MSC opened under control of the TAMC Director of Medical Education with funding, support, and central oversight from the Army’s Central Simulation Committee (CSC).
- The MSC is one of 10 simulation centers supported by the CSC. The CSC is an Army Medical Department initiative developed to oversee and support graduate medical education (GME) and redeployment simulation-based medical education throughout Army Medicine.
- The CSC was founded in 2007 with funding from the Office of the Surgeon General in order to overcome several of the challenges identified by individuals at Army Medical Centers such as challenges obtaining funding to purchase simulation equipment, difficulties with program sustainment in the face of frequent duty assignment changes and deployments, lack of validated curriculum for specific subspecialties, and limited administrative support.
- Since its opening the utilization of the MSC has grown exponentially. In 2008 less than 200 individuals, including medical students, residents, staff physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, received training. By 2010 that number had grown to more than 2,000, and continues to increase.
- During its first two years, the MSC operated in a shared classroom space within the Department of Health Education and Training, on the ninth floor. In November 2010, the MSC opened a new state of the art 1,100 sq ft. medical simulation center on the eleventh floor.
- When it opened in 2008 the MSC was directed by a single simulation director. However, due to increased utilization and administrative demands, the directorship of the MSC was split in two in 2010, to include a designated medical simulation director, a designated surgical simulation director, and associate directors for each position.
- In line with the TMSC mission to improve patient safety, practitioner efficiency and competency, the TMSC sought to validate our program through accreditation.
- In 2011 the TMSC achieved the Society of Simulation in Healthcare accreditation in Teaching/Education.
- In 2012 TMSC achieved a second award by the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS AEI) as a Level II Basic Education Institute (BEI).
- Both distinctions also support the vision of Tripler Army Medical Center and the Pacific Regional Medical Command to be the most trusted medical team in the world.
- The TMSC is directly governed by a committee including the Director of Medical Education, the Director of Medical Simulation, the Director of Surgical Simulation, the Associate Medical and Surgical Directors, the Simulation Administrator, the Simulation Technician and a Nursing Simulation Liaison. The TMSC governing committee is responsible for planning and organizing the day to day operations of the TMSC including budgetary oversight, purchasing, training coordination, and administration.
- As one of the 10 simulation centers supported by the Army’s CSC, the MSC is also overseen by the CSC.
- Leading the CSC is the CSC Chairman, assisted by administrative staff, located at the Anderson Simulation Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.
- Each medical subspecialty has an assigned simulation specialty advisor who sits on the CSC and reports to the chairman.
- Presently, the following specialties are represented on the CSC including: anesthesia, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, psychology, radiology, and urology.
- In addition to the medical specialty advisors, the CSC also includes advisors from the Army Nurse Corps, the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the Army Military Simulation Training Centers, and the Director of Medical Education from each of the 10 military treatment facilities with CSC simulation centers.