Mobile Clinical Simulation Lab


Mobile health care simulation is a method of providing high-quality, risk-free training experiences to standardize and strengthen clinical knowledge and skills at temporary locations. Many hospitals and clinics cannot dedicate permanent space for simulation-based training, especially those in rural areas. Bringing simulation directly to such providers is an effective way to improve patient outcomes and the quality of services across a defined service area.

As a national leader in patient care, research, and training, UAB Medicine can use simulation-based training to share its knowledge and resources using best practices. SimUAB® is an internationally accredited simulation program with a diverse team that includes educators, specialists, and administrators with expertise in facilitator development and procedural, immersive, and systems-based simulation training. In a typical year, the program delivers more than 25,000 learner hours of simulation.

The SimUAB® mobile lab features a high-fidelity manikin that mimics a human patient. It breathes, has a pulse, and can even blink. It presents measurable vital signs and responds as a real patient would. Training can be carried out within the vehicle, or the manikin and other equipment can be set up in a parking lot or training area within a health care facility. Audio and video capabilities allow the training sessions to be monitored and recorded, and the experience can be customized for individuals, care teams, or entire health care systems. The training can be focused on a wide range of medical issues and procedures, including sepsis management, Foley catheter insertion, central venous line insertion, airway management, and ultrasound.

For the time being, the SimUAB® mobile lab is available for use by ARHC participants, at no cost. To learn more, please email simulation@uab.edu.