Equipping and Staffing a Surgical Simulation Center

  • Dawn Swiderski
  • Ashley YurcoEmail author
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


The purpose of this chapter is to describe how to best equip and staff a surgical simulation center. The chapter addresses the differences between a wet lab, a dry lab, and human patient simulation training including the personnel, equipment, and learners for each. It also discusses resource management for efficiently running a surgical simulation center including utilization and data management, product evaluation and selection, and standard operating procedures. The chapter concludes with a focus on budgets and cost, tips and tricks, and the expected future of simulation.


Cadaveric training Task trainer Scenario training High fidelity Low fidelity Medium fidelity Personnel Standard operating procedures Management Patient simulation Simulated participants 



Advanced Care Provider




Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator


Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator – Advanced


Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist


Central Venous Adjunct Trainer


Intellectual property


Interprofessional education


Standard operating procedure


Simulated participants


Society for Simulation in Healthcare


Virtual reality


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Atrium HealthCarolinas Simulation CenterCharlotteUSA

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