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 with guided experiences, artificially contrived, that evoke or replicate aspects of the real world in a fully interactive manner (Gaba, 2003).

Simulation at UAB



UAB Clinical Simulation/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:

Center for Patient Safety and Advanced Medical Simulation (QBT3)


Jefferson Tower Procedural Skills Lab


Volker Hall Simulation Sandbox


Office of Standardized Patient Education


Pediatric Simulation Center