Clinical Skills and Simulation Center

In simulation training, medical students gain foundational clinical skills, from learning how to draw blood to responding to complex emergency scenarios. The 9,000-square-foot facility, located at 35 Kneeland Street, was recently renovated and includes:

  • A 50-person classroom
  • 12 patient exam rooms
  • 3 simulation rooms with high fidelity manikins and task trainers
  • 4 conference rooms
  • 3 observation/monitoring rooms
  • A lounge for standardized patient actors
  • Offices for the staff from Educational Affairs who support the facility

Simulation Education

Medical education is increasingly focused on case-based scenarios, small group and team-based learning, and high levels of student-faculty interaction. Another key benefit is patient safety: by learning in simulation before and during their clinical rotations, students gain skills, sensitivity, and confidence – all of great benefit to their future patients.

Needs include:

  • Four new simulators: two adult male (SimMan 3G), one full-term newborn ("Torey"), and one adult female/childbirth simulator ("Victoria"). These simulators offer the very latest features, including automatic drug recognition and Wi-Fi portability to support training on campus and at off-site clerkship sites.
  • Increased faculty and staff time for teaching, faculty training, and curriculum development (including new courses such as fourth-year "bootcamp", inter-professional education, and team training).

Ultrasound Training

Once the province of specialists, ultrasound has become "the new stethoscope" in medicine, and part of standard care in a growing number of specialties. As such, it is a central component of medical training, and one of TUSM's top priorities.

Needs include:

  • 10 portable ultrasound machines (SonoSite Edge 2). These portable, compact, and durable machines are essential in training students to use ultrasound technology for diagnosis and therapy at the patient's bedside.
  • 200 ultrasound simulation training systems (SonoSim GME), providing all TUSM students with on-demand, authentic scanning experience that replicates actual ultrasound. These systems include individual ultrasound probes that connect to laptop computers, along with a comprehensive library of ultrasound imagery materials, practice simulations, and assessment tools.

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Caroline Attardo Genco, PhD, Arthur E. Spiller Professor

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Aviva Must, PhD, Morton A. Madoff Professor

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Aviva Must, PhD, N87, NG92, J01P, A03P
Morton A. Madoff Professor and Chair of Public Health & Community Medicine
Dean, Public Health & Professional Degree Programs

Annetta Grisard-Schrafl, J94P, trustee emerita

“Establishing a professorship at Tufts University School of Medicine was our way of boosting the school’s reputation and development. I know Tufts competes with better funded institutions for the best faculty and students, so I’m proud to have been part of bringing Phil Haydon, PhD, the chair of the Department of Neuroscience, to the faculty. He’s a star who has attracted other great professors to the department."

Annetta Grisard-Schrafl, J94P, trustee emerita
The Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professorship in Neuroscience

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