We take seriously our commitment to the local community.

When not in use by Samuel Merritt University's (SMU) own faculty and students, the Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) is available to groups of health professionals who want to enhance their skills and to groups of young people who want to explore healthcare as a career.


Contact us to inquire about using the Health Sciences Simulation Center

Simulation Coordinator Lina Gage-Kelly
introduces a local high-school student
to the HSSC's medical equipment.

Continuing Education for Health Professionals ↑ 


Community health professionals who want to use the HSSC at SMU are encouraged to schedule additional time for a presentation about our facilities and our approach to simulation-based learning. Although not required, this one-hour session always brings positive feedback. To schedule your orientation, please call the HSSC at (510) 869-6511 X5530.

Hospital-based physicians and nurses appreciate any opportunity to rethink challenging clinical situations and to practice using new technologies. Likewise, interns and residents are eager for practice in a safe setting where they may practice their skills and gain confidence in their abilities. However, even most large medical centers do not have anything like the simulation capabilities of SMU. Instead, local institutions rely on us to help design and deliver simulation scenarios tailored to their own objectives and often based on real cases. The resulting scenarios add to our growing library, for the benefit of all subsequent learners who utilize the HSSC..


Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center (KPO) ↑ 


  • KPO's Anesthesia Department. KPO's anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists use the HSSC to enhance their skills with difficult airway management and ultrasound-guided regional block placement.
  • KPO's Obstetrical Residency Program. Across two half-days in our HSSC, KPO's OB residents participate in four scenarios that use such indicators as root cause analysis and near-miss identifiers to prepare them for high-risk obstetrical emergencies.


Sutter Health Network ↑ 

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Student nurse anesthetists from SMU
participate in a simulation demonstration
at the Sutter Health Symposium.

Sutter Health Partners Advancing Clinical Excellence (PACE) Council. The Sutter Health network of not-for-profit hospitals has a $6.1 million grant from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation to develop training modules for improving patient safety and quality of care. Our HSSC staff educated the PACE Council's nursing leaders about the benefits of simulation, then planned and implemented a full day of simulation for PACE Council members, including a sepsis scenario. The HSSC continues to work with the ABSMC PACE Council to support its initiative on early sepsis identification.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) Perinatal Department. ABSMC, an affiliate of Sutter Health, asked the HSSC to develop a simulation-based educational program for the physicians and nurses in its perinatal department. In addition to providing simulation training at the HSSC, we also provide training in-situ at ABSMC. This program provides training to a core team of perinatal providers from ABSMC so they can function independently and continue to provide simulation-based education to their team.

Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC) ↑ 

SMU's HSSC is a BASC Center of Excellence and Apprentice Training Center. We host educational events and facility tours for BASC members, provide consulting services, and help develop faculty training and scenarios. Outreach to Youth ↑ 

Youth Programs ↑ 

HSSC is the "go to" place for East Bay youth exploring a healthcare career. Many local middle and high school students have attended tours of the facility, and the HSSC regularly plays host to summer youth programs and school tours:

  • The Youth in Medicine Program helps low-income, at-risk middle-school students prepare for the ninth grade. These students spend five weeks at SMU exploring the possibilities of a healthcare career. They spend one full day in the HSSC. They talk with faculty, observe scenarios, and, under close supervision, enjoy hands-on experience with the equipment.
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Kids love all the gear that
goes with a tour of the HSSC.

  • School Tours: The HSSC frequently conducts tours for groups from middle school through undergraduate programs. Visitors receive an inside view of the healthcare field, hands-on experiences, answers to questions, and the opportunity to work side by side with faculty and SMU students. These tours are a great opportunity for students to investigate healthcare as a career choice.
  • Bridging the Gap: A Simulation-Based Program for High School Students. In collaboration with the SMU School of Nursing, the HSSC is addressing the gap between what local high-school students aspire to achieve and what the realities are for attaining the career of their dreams. In workshops that use simulation-based learning, we expose more than 60 students to our college and nursing curriculum. These young people want to become healthcare providers. We teach them what it takes to get there.

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