Simulated Scenario

UC Davis Health’s Center for Virtual Care is a state-of-the-art simulation education facility. With more than 10,000 square feet of dedicated simulation space across the UC Davis Health campus, we offer a wide array of resources supporting interprofessional education and research. We offer the latest in high-fidelity simulators and task trainers, as well as a trauma bay, operating theater, inpatient unit, six-bay simulation area and standardized patient exam rooms.

Our technologically advanced facility includes HD audio-visual capabilities, digital displays, integrated audio-video control and connectivity between classrooms, allowing for real-time videoconferencing and teleproctoring. Briefing and larger conference rooms allow for didactic sessions before and after simulation sessions.

Offering learners hands-on training in a safe environment builds confidence, cements skills, bolsters team dynamics and improves patient outcomes. Our adult and pediatric patient simulators use sophisticated models of physiology and pharmacology, allowing the mannequins to automatically produce a simulated response based on a learner's actions and interventions. We also have several portable mannequins for in-situ sessions and field trainings with paramedics.

UC Davis ranks among the top teaching hospitals in the nation and is a regional resource for training physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. We incorporate a variety of sophisticated simulation training tools to create a virtual hospital environment for practicing medical procedures. Our versatile center can mimic a single intensive care unit or replicate the flow of patients through the medical center – from transport and emergency treatment to surgery and the intensive care unit.

Virtual hospital applications include:

  • Normal Operations
  • Staff Assessment
  • Clinical Pathways
  • Emergency Operations
  • Disaster Response / Bioterrorism / Mass Casualties
  • Professional Education and In-service Training (On-site and Telehealth)
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Competency Training and Assessment

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We have a number of simulators supporting surgical simulation, including a Simbionix ANGIO Mentor, Bronch GI Trainer, Laparoscopic Mentor, Simulab Trauma Child and Vascular-Access Child. Using this equipment, as well as robotic devices, students and practitioners alike are able to practice surgical procedures necessary in patient care. Surgical faculty in conjunction with our center offer a variety of classes.

For more information about surgical class offerings, please contact us at (916) 734-4708.

The Center for Virtual Care is accredited as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute through the American College of Surgeons.


Team training is of vital importance in the health care setting. We support code blue team training, trauma surgical mock codes and we have assisted the obstetrics/gynecology department in creating “Code-C” scenarios for improving team dynamics during a C-section. Teams comprised of faculty, residents and nurses must work together for effective and timely decision-making. During complex scenarios, clinicians must exercise independent critical thinking skills, yet employ strategies that result in effective teamwork.

During each session, the team’s interaction and communication is recorded. The recording is then reviewed and instructor feedback is provided during the debrief session. While feedback is provided periodically throughout the session, it is during the debrief session where an in-depth examination of the team dynamic occurs. Highlighting the positive teamwork that occurred, while outlining where improvements are needed, provides the learner with a well-rounded perspective and knowledge they can use should they be faced with a similar situation in the future.

Additionally, we've been an instrumental partner in the in situ Trauma Resuscitation Training Program. This initiative relies on collaboration between the trauma surgery service, emergency medicine faculty and nursing resources. These trainings are held twice a month and are activated as a high-level code without warning. The resuscitation takes place in the emergency department with the entire service in attendance (residents, students, nurses, pharmacy, respiratory and radiology). The scenarios are modeled after cases that have been identified through the trauma quality improvement program.

For information about in-situ training course offerings, call us at (916) 734-4708.