Various applications and training activities supported by the Simulation Center.

The Paris Simulation Center is located in the heart of the Health Sciences Center (HSC) at the University of Louisville. The HSC contains the School of Medicine, which operates the Center, as well as the dental, nursing, and public health schools. The HSC also contains University Hospital, as well as Jewish, and Norton's hospitals, and several other healthcare facilities. The Paris Simulation Center offers support to all of these organizations.

School of Medicine

1st Year

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Embryology
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM)
  • Medical Physiology
  • Microanatomy
  • Neurosciences
  • Integrated Clinical Cases (ICC)
    • Gross anatomy
    • Biochemistry

2nd Year

  • Integrated Clinical Cases (ICC)
    • Pharmacology
    • Pathophysiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics

3rd Year

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Pediatrics Clerkship
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Clerkship
  • General Medicine

4th Year

  • Surgery Clerkship
  • Neurology Clerkship
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

  • Anesthesia - resident orientation, selected topics
  • Surgery - resident orientation
  • Pediatrics - resident code training
  • Emergency - resident airway training
  • Pediatric Emergency Fellows
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Fellows
  • Internal Medicine
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Airway Management

University of Louisville Hospital

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Nursing Orientation
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Dietitian Feeding Tube Placement Training
  • Colonoscopy, Bronchoscopy, and Endoscopy Training

Outside Activities

  • Norton Children's Hospital - Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) training
  • Norton Audubon Hospital - Respiratory Therapy (RT) training

Medical Students

The primary purpose of the Paris Simulation Center is to support instruction at the School of Medicine (SOM). We use the patient simulators throughout the entire four year curriculum of the medical students, as well as several residency programs. The simulators are used to teach basic science concepts to first and second year students in physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. Clinical skills are taught throughout the curriculum, during the first two years as part of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) courses, and during the clerkships in the third and fourth years.

The physiology sessions are integrated into the general physiology lecture series. The class is divided into groups of about nine students each. Each group works in the simulation lab with two faculty members, a clinician and a physiologist. The students are presented with a clinical case, and together they work through the progression of the clinical scenario. One example is the effects of the Frank-Starling mechanism on cardiac performance, coupled with cardiac output measurements. Different treatments are attempted, and the students determine how they affect the performance of the heart during the scenario.

The several sessions are taught through the Integrated Clinical Cases (ICC) program. The structure of the simulation session is similar to the physiology sessions. The ICC sessions have a greater focus on the clinical aspects, and require that the students perform more evaluation and diagnosis. The two-year Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) course uses the simulators for a variety of small group teaching sessions.

Outside Activities

Several programs are using the Paris Simulation Center to teach practicing clinical personnel (doctors and nurses). University Hospital is teaching ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), using the patient simulators as an integral part of the teaching experience.

Several of the local hospitals have used the Center to train nursing and respiratory therapy staff. Also, we have taken out portable mannequins "on the road" to support disaster drills throughout the region.