- The University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is the only facility in Tennessee and one of just 67 in the world to earn accreditation as a Level I Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Level I designation is the top accreditation available. The co-directors of the center believe the accreditation reflects the availability of advanced education and training through simulation in the Knoxville region.
- The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, opened in 2007 and comprised 400 square feet of space. In 2012, The Center now encompasses 6,500 square feet and further planned expansions will grow the facility to more than 9,300 square feet.
- The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation offer the latest audio-visual and communication technology, a skills laboratory, fully equipped mock operating and intensive care rooms, conference room and other specialty areas.
- Procedures taught at the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation include the basics, like suturing and drawing blood, and the complex such as managing a heart attack, providing trauma care and performing surgery.
- The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation has collaborative relationships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis.
- Some experts believe by 2015, simulation will comprise 1/3 of time spent in medical education.
- Simulation presents a risk-free environment where the welfare of patients is not at stake and allows learners to be immersed in the challenges of patient care under the supervision of expert physicians.
- With the use of virtual reality, complex procedures are simulated. Performance metrics and feedback are provided to the learners, which results in measurable improvement in skills.
- Human patient simulators – computerized mannequins that respond in lifelike ways – allow imitation of the sophistication and complexity of the human body.