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.