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St. Michael’s recognized for excellence in simulation-based learning

Toronto, November 12, 2014

By Emily Holton

View inside the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre.
View inside the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre.

The Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre has achieved a five-year accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Accredited simulation programs are nationally recognized as leaders in simulation-based learning.

St. Michael's Hospital was a pioneer in simulation, opening Canada's second simulation centre in 1996. Today, health care simulation at St. Michael’s involves a range of activities that share a similar purpose: to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of health care services. Simulation-based training enables health care teams to improve their teamwork, leadership, clinical judgment and communications skills. Much like the aviation industry uses flight simulators to train pilots, health care professionals use patient simulators to learn first-hand how to care for patients and respond to critical situations in a controlled, safe environment.

For more information or questions about the simulation centre or to make a booking request email

Simulation Centre profiled on CBC's The National

CBC reporter Melanie Nagy goes behind the scenes at St. Michael's Hospital to look at training for the trauma centre team.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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