The Center for Simulation and Research at Cincinnati Children’s is the first pediatric institution nationwide, and one of only nine centers overall, to receive accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

“Accreditation is recognition that we teach to the highest national standards. That’s important to any organization considering sending students here,” says Tom LeMaster, MSN, MEd, program director.

As technology improves, simulation-based training is playing a growing role in healthcare. Far beyond the CPR practice dummy, today’s patient simulators are highly sophisticated devices that can cost as much as $230,000. The latest models can exchange medical gases, produce palpable pulses and generate audible respiratory sounds. They can talk, cry and bleed (a lot), LeMaster says.

The Simulation Center trains more than 5,300 medical professionals a year. Its expansive training space includes 11 simulators placed in fully equipped operating rooms, trauma bays, intensive care units and other settings.

The center’s training stands out because it not only teaches staff to manage difficult patient situations, but also focuses on how teams communicate. Here, physicians, nurses, technicians and others practice working more effectively as a unit. In September, more than 100 medical professionals traveled to Cincinnati for a two-day conference that explored the growing uses of medical simulation.

“It’s all about the communication,” LeMaster says. “As the teams interact with the simulator, we monitor the team, then lead them in debriefing to help them understand the communication problems that can occur.”

To learn more about training available through the Simulation Center, call 513-636-6992 or email