Tripler Medical Simulation Center was established March 2008. The TMSC opened under the direction of the TAMC Director of Medical Education with funding,
support, and central oversight from the Army’s Central Simulation Committee (CSC). The TMSC 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 TMSC has grown exponentially. In 2008 less than 200 individuals, including medical students, residents, staff physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, received training. At the end of fiscal year 2015 a total of 1,361 GME residents and others were trained over a total of 3,262 training hours.
The TMSC started with one office and a shared skills lab about 566 square feet overall with additional shared classroom space within the Department of Health Education and Training. In November 2010, the TMSC opened a new 1,100 sq. ft. medical simulation center on the eleventh floor of the hospital.
In the fall of 2016, the TMSC will open its doors to a second newly designed 5,000 plus square feet simulation center on the second floor of the hospital.
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 from the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS AEI), renewed as a Focused AEI in 2015. In 2014 TMSC became an endorsed program of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Simulation Education Network. Of note when the TMSC earned these awards it became the only facility to have earned these accreditations within the state and the Regional Health Command-Pacific (P). These distinctions support the goals of the CSC, TAMC, and Army Medicine as a high reliability organization.