Simulation has become an integral component of medical education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Simulation allows residents to experience difficult, dangerous, or uncommon events/situations in a safe, reproducible, and controlled environment where learning is maximized and patient care is not affected. Simulation also allows residents to practice their task-related skills to optimize real life performance, leading to improved outcomes.

Grand Strand Medical Center is fortunate to have a state-of-the-art simulation center that provides incredible, ongoing training for all our residency programs, with curriculum spanning the entire length of training. The Grand Strand Health Education and Simulation Center’s mission is “To improve patient safety, quality of care, and clinical outcomes by integrating medical simulation based education for all residents, physicians, and clinical staff at Grand Strand Medical Center.”

With the guidance of the residency program leadership, our simulation center has built a comprehensive simulation curriculum across all residency program with the intent of improving the resident’s competencies and efficiency in the clinical learning environment. Our curriculum uses multiple simulation modalities and a variety of simulation cases; each case designed with core competencies in mind. Each simulation scenario is followed by a small group debriefing session; where participants analyze their actions and reflect on their thought process. Program Faculty that instruct the residents during the simulation sessions are chosen specifically for the strength of their teaching skills and all have completed formal training in the use of simulation for medical education.

The Grand Strand Health Education and Simulation Center is provisionally accredited through the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in Teaching and Education. SSH is the most recognized society for accreditation of simulation centers in medical education.

For additional information about our Simulation Lab, please contact our Simulation Lab Coordinator, Cesar Pastrana (MS, CHSE), at or (843) 692-1598.

Utilizing Simulation to:

  • Provide a realistic, effective, and efficient environment for teaching, learning, assessment, and research
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice
  • Provide a learning environment that promotes development of clinical judgement and reasoning with the goal of delivering high-quality, safe patient care
  • Provide a safe learning experience for all residents, faculty, and staff
  • Ensure that competency-based methods of assessment and evaluation are used to assist students in understanding their level of acquisition in the simulation environment
  • Promote team development by incorporating multidisciplinary educational experiences focused on effective communication between practitioners and safe transitions of care
  • Provide participants with clearly written objectives which are available prior to the experience
  • Provide simulation-based education that corresponds to the participants’ knowledge level and experience

We Currently Offer:

  • SimMan Essential: a full-bodied, high-fidelity wireless Patient Simulator for all simulated clinical experience
  • Simulaid: a full-bodied, mid-fidelity Patient Simulator
  • Trauma Manikin: a full-bodied, low-fidelity manikin
  • Various Task Trainers: used for procedure skills training
  • FLS Surgical Simulator
  • da Vinci Skills Simulator

Current Examples of Simulation Cases and Procedures:

  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • ACLS Mock Code
  • Acute Abdomen
  • Acute GI Bleed
  • Acute Hypoxic Respiratory Failure
  • Airway Management
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asepsis and Instrument Identification
  • Atrial Fibrillation with RVR
  • Basic Dermatological Biopsy
  • Basic Laparoscopy Skills
  • Bursal Injection
  • Central Line Insertion and Arterial Lines
  • Central Venous Catheter (Internal Jugular, Subclavian)
  • Chest Tube and Thoracentesis
  • DKA
  • Hypertensive Emergency
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Knee Injection
  • Knot Tying
  • Laparoscopy Skills
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Opioid Overdose
  • Paracentesis
  • Pneumothorax
  • Seizure
  • Sepsis
  • Shoulder Injection
  • Suturing
  • Transfusion Reaction
  • Urethral and Suprapubic Catheterization
  • Team Based Training
  • Thoracentesis
  • Trauma Simulations

Transitional Year Simulation Curriculum

During your Transitional Year, the Simulation Curriculum will vary based upon each resident’s assigned clinical rotation. Transitional Year Residents are able to tailor their simulation experiences based upon their individual clinical and research interests. At a minimum, the Transitional Year Residents attend ten Simulation Sessions throughout the intern year.

  • SIM 1: Procedural Boot Camp
  • SIM 2: Neurogenic Shock/Acute Stroke
  • SIM 3: Acute Abdomen/GI Bleed
  • SIM 4: Transfusion Reaction/Mock Code
  • SIM 5: Ventricular Arrhythmias/Mock Code
  • SIM 6: Post-MI Complications/Mock Code
  • SIM 7: Delirium/Dementia/Seizures
  • SIM 8: Unstable Atrial Fibrillation/Mock Code
  • SIM 9: Unstable Bradycardia/Mock Code
  • SIM 10: Shock Cases and Management

Opportunities for scholarly activity in simulation also exist at our institution.