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Northwestern Simulation

Northwestern Simulation

Simulation-based training. State-of-the-art education.

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Northwestern Simulation joins the fight against Covid-19

In addition to serving in direct patient care, multiple Northwestern Simulation leaders have participated in emergent curriculum development and education activities including:


•  Preparing videos for donning and doffing PPE on the clinical wards and in the operating room including PAPR

•  Leading just in time trainings for donning and doffing PPE for front line caregivers (nurses, residents, and faculty)

•  Development of multidisciplinary emergent cricothyrotomy and percutaneous tracheostomy procedural training for multiple hospitals



•  Designing and leading ICU training sessions for non ICU providers

•  Facilitated training for safe ICU to OR patient transport

•  Expanding simulation education to enhance procedural safety and communication skills for participants from NMH and other Northwestern institutions.

What We Do

Training on surgical equipment in realistic conditions

Surgical Simulation

Training leads to safer surgery and improved patient outcomes.

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Clinical simulation exercise

Clinical Simulation

Simulated clinical exercises allow healthcare providers to manage cardiac arrest, trauma, and medical emergency scenarios from start to finish.

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Mold used to create a replica for simulation

Innovations Lab

Northwestern Simulation’s Innovations Laboratory creates training devices to fill gaps in current medical education and improve curriculum.

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Creating a video based learning module

Instructional Design & Development

ID&D specializes in creating interactive learning tools and integrating them into medical education plans.

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Northwestern Simulation has trained thousands of healthcare professionals to a uniform standard of excellence in an environment where there is no potential for patient harm. Your generosity can help us in transform healthcare through education, innovation and scholarship.

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Congratulations Dr. McGaghie!

Professor William McGaghie is the 2019 winner of the John P. Hubbard national award recognizing his significant and sustained contribution to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. We are grateful for Bill’s mentorship and guidance throughout the years!

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Spring Make Festival

Ellie O'Brien, research engineer for Northwestern Simulation's Innovation Laboratory, uses real medical data to design 3D-printed models for education and training purposes. Her work was recently featured in a hands-on exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit, part of the museum's Spring Make Festival, allows visitors to explore technologies that are reshaping the worlds of design and production.

3-D Printed Models

Models such as these, on display at the Museum of Science and Industry, are helping doctors at Lurie Children's Hospital train to create customized foot braces before they ever see the patient. Using a CT scan of the patient's foot, an exact replica of the bones and joints structure is 3D-printed with two different materials at the same time. This hard structure is then cast in silicone, to mimic the soft tissue of a real patient's foot.

Mastery Learning Team

Department of Medicine faculty members with an expertise in simulation-based mastery learning work together at Northwestern Simulation to conduct research and education.

Sim Center Open House

Hundreds of attendees visited Northwestern Simulation’s open house on April 4th, 2019 and participated in hands-on demonstrations. Simulated clinical exercises allow students and healthcare providers to learn procedural skills, improve teamwork and sharpen their communication skills.

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