The Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) is a state-of-the-art educational facility that resembles a hospital. It is designed to provide students with a safe learning environment where they transfer theory into practice. The HSCC provides the opportunity for hands-on deliberate practice, development of decision-making skills, reducing errors, and improved communication and teamwork. The goal of the HSSC is to help health care students to improve their skills through immersive simulation experiences.

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.

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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Goals

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. 

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
Email: accreditation@ssih.org

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Mannequin Simulators (Sims)

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

Featured Simulators

  • Birthing SimMom “Amanda”
  • SimBaby (3 months old) “Emily”
  • SimJunior (5 years old) “Jason”
  • SimMan Essential “Todd”
  • SimMan 3G “Uncle Lou”
  • Pediatric “Hal” – advanced pediatric patient simulator

Laerdal-SonoSim Ultrasound Solution is also integrated into the Laerdal patient simulator platform, starting with the SimMan family and SimMom. This includes diagnostic ultrasound featuring real ultrasound cases with pathological findings into 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. This training helps students identify and describe normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds. With Harvey, students learn more than 30 different abnormal heart sounds that are difficult to find in a real hospital environment. Harvey comes with an innovative sound system, consisting of a transmitter and stethoscopes, which can be used by small or large groups of students.

Sim Center Mannequin List

High Fidelity

Laerdal 3G1

Laerdal 3G2 

Laerdal 3G3

Laerdal 3G Lab*

Laerdal 3G Traumaman-1

Laerdal 3G Traumaman-2

Laerdal 3G Traumaman-3

Laerdal 3G Essentials

Laerdal SimMom 

Gaumard HAL®

Gaumard Baby HAL®

Gaumard SUPER Tori

Gaumard Pediatric HAL®

Mid-Fidelity

Laerdal SimNewB-1

Laerdal SimNewB-2

Laerdal SimBaby-1

Laerdal SimBaby-2

Laerdal SimJunior-1 

Laerdal SimJunior-2

Laerdal SimJunior-3*

Laerdal Mega Code Kid*

Laerdal ALS 1 

Laerdal 3G ALS-2

Task Trainers

Rescue Randy

Harvey (3)

Reggie (Intubation) (2)

Desperate Debra 

Surgical Trauma Man  

Surgical Abdomen

CentraLineMan®

Hernia trainer

Laparotomy trainer

Adult Lumbar Puncture

Pediatric Lumbar Puncture

Laerdal-SonoSim Ultrasound Solution

Desperate Debra Impacted Fetal Head Simulator (C-Section)

Paracentesis Trainer

Thoracentesis Trainer

NeoNatalie Newborn Simulator

Mannequin Simulators and Task Trainers

SimMan 3G is able to display a wide range of physiological and neurological symptoms as well as pharmacological responses for over 145 drugs.

Easily expand your simulation training or tailor it for specialists including:

  • Point of care ultrasound
  • Advanced ventilation management
  • Patient monitoring
  • Video debriefing

SimMan 3G Trauma is specifically designed to meet military needs for a quality, mobile simulation solution that can adapt to unique training environments and meet all educational objectives. Rugged and reliable, it can facilitate diverse and versatile patient scenarios—from an emergency in a remote location, to a war-torn battlefield, to a busy hospital unit.

SimMom obstetrical simulator is designed to build skills competence in specific obstetrical clinical procedures as well as optimizing effective team performance and communication skills during both routine and complicated births. SimMom can be fitted with a non-gravid abdominal skin to expand the scope of your simulation training. Practice both early stage, first trimester obstetrical care as well as non-pregnant general women’s health care and clinical assessments.

Harvey has been a proven simulation system to teach bedside cardiac assessment skills that transfer to real patients. Join more than 50 countries worldwide using Harvey to train the next generation of health care providers. Help your students meet milestones and benchmarks to save lives.

Pediatric HAL® is the world's most advanced pediatric patient simulator and the first capable of simulating lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement, and speech.

SUPER Tori is the first newborn simulator developed to meet the challenges of neonatal care specialist training in real environments. Active movement, true ventilator support, real patient monitoring, and all-day battery life.

Tetherless simulator technology allows the communications, compressor, and power supply to be inside HAL®, eliminating external tubes, wires, and compressors. HAL® operates continuously during transport and training can occur in the working environment. Rush HAL® from the accident scene to the ER, to the ICU, while care providers diagnose and treat his condition using real monitoring and resuscitation equipment. Control HAL® at distances up to 900 feet (300 m) and between rooms and floors of conventional buildings. HAL® smoothly transitions between physiologic states in response to commands from a wireless PC.

The TraumaMan® System is the most widely used surgical simulator in the world.

  • Replaceable tissues provide each student with a first cut experience.
  • Important anatomical landmarks for each surgical procedure, with anatomically correct insides.
  • Flexible design so instructors can train in an ABC order or teach a single procedure.
  • Easily sets up in any type of facility—from a training room, to a hotel or out in the field. 
  • This surgical torso trainer model simulates Chest Tube Insertion (Otherwise known as Pleural Drain, Thoracic Catheter, Chest Drain, Intercostal Drain or Tube Thoracostomy), Cricothyroidotomy (or Cricothyrotomy), Needle Decompression, Pneumothorax, Trachestomy, Periocardiocentesis, Diagnostic Perigoneal Lavage (DPL) or Diagnostic Peritoneal Aspiration (DPA), IV Cutdown and more.

CentraLineMan® System is the most widely used Central Venous Catheterization training solution in the market today.

Safely master critical techniques for spinal epidural insertion and catheterization with Simulab’s easy-to-use, ultrasound-guided Lumbar Epidural Trainer and Lumbar Puncture Trainers.

Ultrasound Training Solution into the Laerdal patient simulator platform, starting with the SimMan family and SimMom. This means you can now include diagnostic ultrasound featuring real ultrasound cases with pathological findings into full-scale simulations.

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. With a portfolio of online nursing and medical scenarios to choose from, health care educators can easily integrate them into related courses and curricula. Advanced technologies and digital solutions provide immediate knowledge to students and health care professionals remotely.

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. The proposed simulation technology provides flexibility and the potential for use remotely.

Students use critical thinking and judgment with instant debriefing, which has proven to provide additional psychological safety to students in this remote environment. Students master acuity assessment, communication skills, care prioritization, and patient management and delegation. Students learn by doing; they are more engaged, better prepared and develop new skills faster. Our pre-built scenarios are entirely customizable. Health care educators can change any parameters in our scenarios or even create their own. 

86%

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

91%

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.

Contact Us


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

Contact: Lilia Chavarria, lchavarr@broward.edu

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

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