The Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center at BIDMC is located on
ground floor of the Shapiro Building. The Center includes a large
teleconference room for up to 65 learners and contains live media feeds to
four different operating room endosuites, allowing for teleproctoring,
inter-institutional courses, and intercontinental broadcasting of Grand
The high-fidelity mock operating and intensive care unit rooms feature
working water and gas lines, video cameras, and observation windows with
state-of-the-art teleconferencing ability. The procedure simulation area
contains 27 partial task trainers, which can be used by several learners in
small-group sessions. The surgical simulation area contains computer-based
tutorials, filmed operations, and the Virtual Patient Program.
Skills Arcade I
The main entrance of the simulation center is known as Skills Arcade I.
While you won't find any pinball machines here, you will find several
cabinets that contain a series of surgical simulators. These simulators
allow surgical trainees to practice laparoscopic techniques that will
eventually be utilized in the operating room. The simulator exercises
include the bean drop, rope drill, peg transfer, and culminate in suturing
stations. The various exercises allow users to develop better hand to eye
coordination and depth perception as well as practice their knot tying and
suturing skills. The stations are equipped with surgical tools as found in
the actual operating room, complete with laparoscopic cameras.
In addition, the skills arcade also holds a number of virtual reality
trainers which allow the learner to perform a virtual operation using a
combination of tools and screen-based simulation. Lastly, this particular
area holds a computer lab with several hospital workstations allowing our
learners a convenient location to work on virtual patient modules, watch
videos from our surgical library, or just catch up on some work.
Skills Arcade II
Arcade II holds our larger simulators including airway simulators, virtual
bronchoscope stations, endoscopes stations, ultrasounds stations and more.
Arcade I and Arcade II are each equipped with a variety of virtual tools
and actual tools to offer the learner a wide range of experiences and
Simulated Intensive Care Unit
Our simulated intensive care unit is one of the busiest in our unit. This
space functions as our ICU, emergency room, intake and recovery, and just a
patient room. Our courses include cardiac arrest scenarios, code
prevention, bedside teaching, among others. The room includes a high
fidelity manikin as well as real clinical equipment. As with our operating
room it is fully equipped with video cameras and microphones allowing the
faculty to tape the session for debriefing and feedback.
Simulated Operating Room
Our simulated operating room is a full replica of the minimally invasive
suites in use at BIDMC. The level of detail allows our surgeons,
anesthesiologists, nurses, and scrub techs a fully immersive environment.
They are trained on the same equipment they use in the operating room
giving them as true to life experience as possible.
Our learners will use the manikin patient to replicate real life scenarios
while faculty members observe the session from the control room. Sessions
are videotaped and used in a debriefing session.
With a capacity of 65, the teleconference room is equipped with live media
feeds to five operating rooms, four areas of the skills lab and BIDMC's
Sherman Auditorium allow for teleproctoring, inter-institutional courses,
and international broadcasting.
Used primarily as a debriefing area, teams can experience facilitated
discussions of training scenarios utilizing captured video of their
performance. The sophisticated equipment in the room allows for
comprehensive evaluations and presentations. With built in microphones and
video cameras all sessions can be recorded for future discussion and
Used to monitor and control simulation training sessions, the
state-of-the-art equipment in the control room allows for simultaneous
viewing and recording of multiple actions in both simulation environments.
Sophisticated audio visual equipment allows the monitoring and recording of
individual and team performances during a simulation. The room also has the
unique capability of broadcasting simulations around the world.