University of Texas (UT) Southwestern, Simulation Center

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SM&W Contribution

Shen Milsom & Wilke provided consulting expertise in simulation and technology design to improve the user experience and enhance learning for UT Southwestern’s Simulation Center. At 49,000SF, this is one of the largest simulation centers in the United States. The center replicates and creates virtual environments for training in clinical care and procedures provided in a wide variety of settings, including operating rooms, labor and delivery suites, intensive care units, and the emergency room. This project encompassed an audiovisual simulation systems assessment and redesign to upgrade existing systems. SM&W performed a room-by-room assessment of current simulation systems and operational workflow, inclusive of recording software system, as well as a survey of network equipment and pathways to ensure that the systems are appropriately supported now and into the future.

Our retrofit and redesign of skills labs, med-sim and clinical exam rooms streamlined the current technology workflow to allow for ease of use, letting users focus on teaching and learning. This also upgraded technology equipment to current state-of-the-art standards. The project assessment and redesign were completed while students and staff occupied spaces, by systematically decommissioning specific functions within spaces, then managing integration contractors who completed refresh of necessary hardware and software components to significantly upgrade the facility.

Our intense and highly coordinated work resulted in additional project work with the client due to our wholistic approach to understanding the UT simulation training workflow and applying the correct technologies and user interfaces to facilitate timely, reliable and efficient results.

Photos Courtesy of UT Southwestern


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