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Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center’s Health Care Simulation Center Officially Opens Ross University School of Medicine Affiliated Teaching Hospital Offers Students Hands-On, High-Tech Learning Opportunities

To celebrate the grand opening of the Health Care Simulation Center, Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) held a ribbon cutting on June 28.

The event was attended by the hospital’s faculty and staff, several key stakeholders in the Los Angeles area, and representatives from Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). The event unveiled the hospital’s new center, which offers an immersive, technologically-focused learning experience. 

A partnership between RUSM and the CHMC originally formed when CHMC became an affiliated teaching hospital. In recent years, RUSM expanded its partnership with CHMC by playing a vital role in the development of the hospital’s Health Care Simulation Center.

At the center’s grand opening, RUSM’s Associate Dean of Simulation, Dr. Pederson, led a brief presentation and overview of the center. Dr. Pederson highlighted the training and educational opportunities the new addition provides to medical students and CHMC staff. Additionally, RUSM has recently appointed a full-time, dedicated staff member to teaching RUSM students at the center, Anthony Morales, who also serves as the CHMC Simulation Lab Manager.

RUSM students that attend clinical rotations at CHMC can take advantage of CHMC’s Simulation Center to further build their clinical skills. However, the center is one of many simulation resources RUSM students have access to throughout their medical education. RUSM students are first exposed to SIM technology on RUSM’s medical science campuses as first-year students. RUSM’s internationally accredited simulation lab features sophisticated computerized patient simulators for students to practice diagnostic and basic treatment skills. RUSM also provides an extensive simulation lab for students’ first clerkship – the 6-week course, “Internal Medical Foundations.” Furthermore, additional affiliated teaching hospitals have SIM centers on-site.