Simulation-based Learning

Putting patient safety first.

The QEII is the largest teaching and academic health sciences centre in Atlantic Canada. This is why the QEII Foundation is investing in simulation-based learning for the over 4,000 trainees using simulation facilities each year. Simulation is a technique of modeling real-life situations to provide training in an interactive environment.


At the QEII.
At the QEII, a variety of simulation tools and methods are used including:

Task trainers: equipment that allows learners to practice one specific task such as intubation.
Role playing: trained individuals act as patients so learners can practice physical exams and history taking. 
Mannequin-based simulators: life-sized human models that can produce breath sounds and pulses, and often have a monitor that displays vital signs.
Cadavers: human bodies that have been donated for medical purposes and embalmed in a manner that preserves the texture of human tissue.

By transforming our Simulation Centre (in the Centennial Building), Skills Centre (in the Bethune Building) and Simulation Bay (in the Emergency Department) into three robust facilities, we can create a thriving network of spaces that will improve safety where it counts -- in the operating rooms and at the bedside. 

Are you interested in supporting simulation-based learning?
To learn more, please contact Julie MacKean at


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