In The Spotlight: Des Moines University
Center Spotlight

In the Spotlight: Des Moines University
Submitted By:
Kimberly Patterson
Full Center Name: Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills


Center Location: Des Moines, IA, USA

Year Opened: 1996

Center Mission Statement: To improve patient safety and outcomes in our global community through healthcare simulation education and prepare diverse groups of highly competent, compassionate, and culturally responsive health professionals.

Bragging Points: 

  • DMU Sim Center has 3 SSH Healthcare Simulation certified employees (CHSE/CHSOS) and growing!
  • Construction of a new state of the art simulation center on our new DMU campus is currently underway with projected opening in 2023.
  • We are #DMUPROUD with three colleges offering ten graduate degrees, including the second oldest osteopathic university.

What makes your team work well?

  • Great team communication
  • Exceptional situational awareness of all aspects of event facilitation
  • Shared goal of delivering the best experience to students, SPs, and faculty.

Learner Groups Supported

  • Medical/ Osteopathic Students
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistants
  • Podiatric Medicine

Is there a GTA/MUTA program? 


Who staffs the GTA/MUTA program 

Separate or external program

Center Name By the Numbers: 

  • Control Room:1
  • Critical Care Room: 6
  • Debriefing Room: 7
  • Exam Room:16
  • Lounge/Kitchen/SP Staging Room:1
  • Residential Unit:1
  • 1 SP Training Rooms
  • 1 Task Training Lab
  • 2 Surgical Skills Room
  • 1 Operating Room/Trauma Room
  • 3 Prebriefing Rooms
  • 1 Telehealth Hub
  • Do the counseling/exam Rooms have 1-way mirrors? No
  • Recording System: CAE LearningSpace
  • Employees/Staff of Center or Program (excluding SP): 13
  • Staff Managing SP Program: 3
  • Number of SPs: 83
  • Total SP Hours Worked in One Year: 6,242

Please direct any questions about Des Moines University Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills to Kimberly Patterson!

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