Patient Simulation
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Patient simulation is highly advantageous to medical education and health professional training. It helps promote patient safety, benefits clinical skills teaching, and provides opportunities for inter-professional team training.

The Simulation programs demonstrate inter-professional collaboration in providing simulation learning activities for undergraduate and postgraduate learners, IH employees, physicians, residents and first responders.  The Simulation programs are expected to deliver a wide array of training and educational scenarios that provide:

  • Hands-on experience for rare events or high-risk patient situations
  • Exposure to clinical experiences that are complex or difficult to obtain
  • Opportunities for repetitive learning and critical decision making
  • Risk free environments to improve critical skills
  • Opportunities and time for self-reflection and assessment
  • Training and education in the communities where learners and clinicians practice
  • Promotes patient safety through education

The IH Rural Mobile Simulation Program

The IH Rural Mobile Simulation Program was initially designed to provide instruction on emergency medicine concepts, and to provide an opportunity for rural providers of emergency care to practice potentially lifesaving skills. Like emergency medicine, this program is designed to be flexible to varying levels of experience, knowledge, and background.

The course facilitators create a non-threatening, informal environment in which emergency care scenarios can be practiced.  With the high fidelity human patient simulators (SimMan3G and PediaSIM) we are able to create close to real life experiences in sites’ own emergency or trauma room, utilizing their supplies, equipment, and staff while building or enhancing relationships within the inter-professional teams. 

The Pritchard Simulation Centre

The Pritchard Simulation Centre is a partnership between UBC Faculty of Medicine and Interior Health (IH), and is located in the Clinical Academic Campus at Kelowna General Hospital.

  • The Pritchard Simulation Centre features two purpose-built simulation rooms (SimMan3G and Harvey), control rooms (SimMan3G and Harvey), and a debriefing room
  • The Centre provides a safe simulation environment to participate and observe multiple scenarios.
  • The Centre uses highly computerized mannequin's, SimMan3G and Harvey, to simulate patient care situations in order to make this experience similar to what is encountered in the clinical setting.
  • In the fall of 2016, we partnered with the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing.  3rd Year Nursing Students can now practice pediatric and birthing scenarios in the Pritchard Simulation Centre using their low fidelity birthing model, Noelle and high fidelity Newborn HAL.  With this collaboration, we are able to share space, resources and expertise.

The Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre

The Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre is located at Royal Inland Hospital in the Clinical Services Building (CSB) on Level I and is located in Kamloops. The centre opened in the fall of 2016 and features two simulation spaces. The centre is a large open space concept with two purpose-built simulation areas, a control room and a debriefing area. The high fidelity simulators consist of an adult  model, SimMan3G,  a pediatric model SimJunior, and a birthing model, Victoria®.  

Our ultimate goal is for you to leave the simulation experience feeling more prepared and confident to optimally care for patients using best practices. To achieve this, we utilize highly realistic, computerized SimManG and/or real people to simulate patient care situations in order to make this experience similar to what you encounter in the clinical setting.

The Kootenay Boundary (KB) Simulation Program

The KB Simulation Program officially commenced September 2017 at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.  The goal is to work with department managers and staff to understand areas where they think specialized training would be helpful and to develop simulation training exercises to meet the needs of various groups.  Simulation will allow for teams to practice techniques in a safe environment in order to learn from it and to provide the best possible care. Simulation training also increases confidence in staff and physicians to meet the health-care needs of our patients.

Planning is underway to look at creating a simulation centre that will house the KB adult human patient simulator SimMan3G, and the pediatric human patient simulator, PediaSIM.  The new centre will also offer more training opportunities and outreach programs in other rural communities across the Kootenay’s. 


Contact us

Pritchard Simulation Centre​ ​

JoAnne Slinn, RN, MN, ENC(C)
Regional Knowledge Coordinator Okanagan
UBC / IH Clinical Academic Campus
2312 Pandosy Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y-1T3
phone: 250-980-1383

Chris Olivier
Sim Tech/Telehealth and Audio Visual Support Analyst
IH / UBC Faculty of Medicine UBC Faculty of Medicine
phone:  250-868-5200 x70518       
cell: 250-718-8647



Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre​ ​
Chelsea Holmes, RN, BSN
Regional Knowledge Coordinator
Royal Inland Hospital
311 Columbia Street
Kamloops , BC V2C-2T1
phone: 250-374-5111 ext. 3421

Bill Demuth
Computer Technical Support II
IH Telehealth Systems/ Sim Support

phone:  250-374-5111, 3498


Kootenay Boundary Simulation Program
Helen Clugston, RN, BScN
Regional Knowledge Coordinator
Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital
1200 Hospital Bench
Trail, BC
phone: 250-368-3311


Administration​ ​

Ben Rhebergen
Director, Strategic Initiatives - Acute
and Medical School
IH Hospitals & Communities
Kelowna CHSC
3rd floor, 505 Doyle Ave.
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 0C5
phone: 250-469-7070, 12178
cell: 778-214-1571

Shelly Koochin
Simulation Coordinator, IH
UBC/IH Clinical Academic Campus
2312 Pandosy Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y-1T3
phone: 250-980-1378
cell: 250-469-3954


Organizations & resources

 Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education & Innovation (CESEI)
 UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program
 Emergency Medicine Simulation Resources Online
 Mobilesim – Mobile Medical Simulation
 Society for Simulation in Healthcare
 The Simulation Group
 The Society for Modeling and Simulation International
 Sim One - Ontario Simulation Network
MoH     PCQO