The Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC), located in Davie, Florida, USA, is a state-of-the-art educational facility that models a hospital setting. It is designed to provide students with a safe learning environment where they transfer their understanding of theory into hands-on practice. The HSCC provides the opportunity for students to practice in realistic simulations, the development of decision-making skills, the reduction of errors, and the improvement of communication and teamwork.

The goal of the HSSC is to provide medical situations and scenarios that will help health care students master their skills through immersive simulation experiences. The HSCC is operated by Dr. Lilia Chavarria, District Director, Broward College.

As the largest provider of higher education programs in Broward County, Broward College is committed to fostering and achieving success for all students. The College has been recognized by the Aspen Institute three times consecutively as one of the nation’s top ten Community Colleges of Excellence for its outstanding commitment to student success and equitable student outcomes.


The HSSC provides quality, interprofessional, experiential learning, utilizing innovative curriculum, comprehensive clinical preparation, and modern collaborative health care simulation practices in a technologically advanced facility.


Cultivate interdisciplinary groups with critical thinking that value a culture of patient safety while developing simulation leaders in various health science disciplines. Develop and collaborate educational research activities using a team-based approach that focus on advancements in patient safety and communication.


To create a safe learning and constructive debriefing environment for the participant, strict confidentiality of what transpires on both a clinical and interpersonal level throughout the exercise fosters a psychologically safe environment. 

Facility Overview 

Our 66,000 square foot, high-tech HSSC occupies the first and second floor. The Center mirrors an acute care hospital with an ambulance bay providing an emergency transport area, medical evaluation, and intake areas. The ambulance bay features a working ambulance vehicle where students off load patients into the ER triage room for treatment or admission to one of nine individual hospital or clinic type rooms.

Rooms include:

Facility features:

The HSSC features a large auditorium space located on the ground floor with a seating capacity of 109. It can host a variety of events from conferences, live simulation on the front stage to broadcasting webinars, or show films with surround sound.


Our state-of-the-art mannequin family simulators are all very human-like with blinking eyes, chest movement, heart and lung sounds, blood pressure, pulses, and a computerized EKG tracing. 

Laerdal-SonoSim Ultrasound Solution is integrated into the Laerdal patient simulator platform, starting with the SimMan family and SimMom. Diagnostic ultrasound includes real ultrasound cases with pathological findings with full-scale simulations. Ultrasound is a safe, portable, and non-invasive way to gain clinically relevant information.  

The Cardiovascular Suite has three Harvey Cardiopulmonary Simulators that train students in bedside cardiovascular assessment skills. It:

Mannequin Simulators and Task Trainers

Virtual Simulation Training

Many medical educators are challenged by replacing clinical hours or finding effective alternative online learning activities for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Broward College offers student-directed virtual clinical simulations and scenarios that allow students to learn online and fill this current gap in health care education.

Student Directed Virtual Simulations:

  • Sharpen evaluation and decision making, while increasing challenges progressively.
  • Provide a portfolio of online nursing and medical scenarios by integrating them into related courses and curricula.
  • Offer advanced technologies and digital solutions by remotely providing immediate knowledge to students and health care professionals.

This innovative line of teaching resources provides solutions for a range of content areas using Zoom. Scenarios commonly used in foundations, emergency room, med surg, pediatrics, psychiatry, capstone courses, obstetrics, radiology, OR and trauma can be integrated into related course and curricula.

Students utilize critical thinking and judgment with instant debriefing, which has proven to provide additional psychological safety to students in this remote environment. They also master acuity assessment, communication skills, care prioritization, and patient management and delegation. Our pre-built scenarios are entirely customizable by changing any parameters in them or by even creating their own. 


nursing students


of allied health and nursing students surveyed said that virtual training experiences represented real-life scenarios.

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of students felt that the learning environment was safe and effective.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Lilia Chavarria, EdD, RT (R), (CT) (MR), CSBI
District Director

Dr. Chavarria is a tenured faculty at Broward College who previously served as the program director for the Radiography Program. She holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Health Care Administration, a master’s degree in Health Sciences, and a bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences. Dr. Chavarria worked in the hospital and outpatient standing facilities in different modalities such as Radiography, Interventional Imaging, CT and MR and served as clinical instructor for 14 years in several hospitals in South Florida.

Dr. Deisy Mercado, MD, MSMS, CHSE

Simulation Specialist

Dr. Mercado has practiced medicine for 25 years in South America as a primary care physician. She holds a master’s degree in Simulation. She worked as a Simulation Technician at the University of Miami School of Nursing to improve best practices in simulation, patient safety, inter-professional simulation, critical care simulation and using Harvey in the undergraduate nursing program. A certified simulation educator, Dr. Mercado has conducted several seminars in different countries including Ecuador’s Guayaquil University Medical School and at Brazil’s Sao Paulo University School of Nursing. In addition, she has presented in Ecuador: Simulation in Public Health, and at New York’s Bellevue Hospital NY Sim: Debriefing Style.

Dr. Luiz Bittencourt, DDS

Simulation Specialist

Dr. Bittencourt holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He practiced as a dentist and orthodontist for more than 10 years and has initiated several innovative ideas including the use of a GoPro Camera for virtual simulations and has also led the IT changes at the Sim Center.

Gayle Robbins-Filatro

Actress (Standardized Patient)

Ms. Robbins-Filatro is a graduate of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.  After completing her acting degree, she pursued medical and nursing educational programs that were utilizing actors for their medical simulations. She has been a Standardized Patient for over 20 years portraying mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, postpartum depression, suicidal ideations, anxiety, bipolar, substance and domestic abuse, to name a few.

Certifications and Accreditations

SSH (Society for Simulation in Healthcare)

The HSSC has been granted Provisional Accreditation in Teaching and Education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2021 L Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 

Phone: 866.730.6127


Contact Us

Hours Of Operations: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Evening and weekend hours by appointment only.
Note: Due to COVID-19, hours of operation are subject to change.

HSSC Contact: Dr. Lilia Chavarria, District Director, Health Sciences Simulation Center


Location: A. Hugh Adams Central Campus
Building 1008 (west side of campus)
3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314 

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