Miami Dade College

Medical Campus

Miami Dade College Simulation Hospital Building

The Simulation Hospital is a state of the art educational facility that resembles a real hospital. It is designed to provide students with a safe environment for learning and practicing. At the Simulation Hospital, students combine the knowledge acquired in the classroom with hands on experience. Critical thinking is at the core of our practice as it is embraces mistakes as learning opportunities.

Multidisciplinary Training

Two students practices CPR inside an EMT simulation.

The Simulation Hospital allows students to practice their skills independently, but also bolsters a key principle of our program: creating an environment of multidisciplinary collaboration by bringing together students from various fields to work and communicate as a team.

Improving Patient Care

A student practices skills

Ultimately, the Simulation Hospital prepares students with the evidence-based principles and clinical skills they will need in clinical environments in the real world, helping them reduce errors, improve safety, and elevate the quality of patient care.

Open Lab Hours

A room with a state of the art simulation dummy on a hospital bed

The Simulation Hospital has open lab hours in which students can practice and hone their skills individually or in groups, with real-world scenarios often found in healthcare. This provides students with the ability to develop clinical and critical thinking skills that are necessary in their healthcare professions.

Miami Dade College Simulation Hospital

Simulation Hospital Description

The Simulation Hospital is a supportive learning environment where various programs such as Nursing, Physician Assistant, EMS, and Respiratory Therapy students are trained under the most realistic conditions on basic and advanced clinical skill procedures in a none threatening environment. Students will become competent and gain confidence in handling stressful situations at the Simulated Hospital.

The Simulation Hospital includes 8 medical surgical rooms, 2 OB rooms, 2 pediatric rooms, 9 debriefing rooms, 1 operating room, 1 simulated ambulance, 10 exam rooms and 1 apartment as well as 17 high fidelity human patient simulators. While at the Simulation Hospital, students will develop the necessary critical thinking skills to be successful in the healthcare field.

Debriefing Rooms

Debriefing is an indispensable aspect of simulation learning. In the debriefing rooms at the Simulated Hospital students review and evaluate their actions while focusing on clinical best practices. During the debriefing sessions, students use observation and real time data video recordings to build on their knowledge. The video recordings allow students and instructors to evaluate methodologies, stimulate team cooperation and improve patient outcomes.

Portable Human Simulators

The realism of the clinical environment can be delivered to any classroom at Medical Campus thanks to the portable mannequins. Our portable mannequins allow students and instructors to enhance the lecture experience with the most advanced wireless human simulators. Students gain confidence and competence through self-reflection of their actions from the comfort of the classroom.

Video Tour

Two students studying inside lab

Simulation Hospital Guidelines for Requesting Appointments

  • In order to reserve a room/supplies, instructors must fill out and submit the form online under “Simulator Request Form” at the bottom right corner of this page.
  • Instructors must request to reserve a room/supplies at least one week in advance of the desired reservation date.
  • Instructors will receive an email confirmation validating the Room, Date, and Time. Supplies will be provided as available.
  • Instructors that have requested portable mannequins need to be at the classroom at time of delivery and must wait until it is picked up. No mannequins will be left unattended in classrooms or sent to the lab under a student's custody. Instructors are accountable for all equipment.
  • No food or drinks allowed.
  • No pens allowed, only pencils.
Front of Simulation Building outside

Director, Simulation Hospital

Deborah Papa, EdD, MSN, MS, RN
Email: dpapa@mdc.edu
Phone: 305-237-4340

Instructional Simulation Lab Administrator

Jessica Urtecho, RN, BSN,
Email: jurtecho@mdc.edu
Phone: 305-237-4130

Simulation Hospital
P: 305-237-4042