What is Simulation?
Simulation is the imitation or representation of one act or system by another. Simulation allows persons to experience a representation of a real event for the purpose of practicing, learning, evaluating, testing or gaining understanding of systems or human actions (Eppich, 2006).
Simulation is a technique – not a technology – to replace or amplify real experiences withguided experiences, artificially contrived, that evoke or replicate aspects of the real world in a fully interactive manner (Gaba, 2003).
Simulation at UAB:
The Office of Interprofessional Simulation for Innovative Clinical Practice works closely with the various simluation centers within the UAB system. Our aim is to provide simulation experiences to our students and hospital employees to advance patient safety. The campus simulation centers are as follows:
1. The UAB Hospital Center for Patient Safety and Advance Medical Simulation
2. Children's Hospital of Alabama Pediatric Simulation Center
3. UAB Learning Resources Center Skills & Simulation Lab