Facilities & Study Spaces
In December 2017, Tufts School of Medicine opened its doors to the new Michael Jaharis Jr. Anatomy Laboratory, which introduces a modern, enlarged space for students to learn essential anatomical training. The lab has room for more than 200 students and faculty to work with high-resolution diagnostic imaging and computer screens at each of the 44 dissection tables. There is also an adjacent Technology Enabled Active Learning classroom, based on a design by MIT, which has room for up to 60 students to work at stations set up for interacting with each other and their instructor.
Clinical Skills and Simulation Center
The School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Center is a 9,000-square-foot training facility that contains three simulation rooms with advanced computerized mannequins that display symptoms and distress the same way real patients do: dilated pupils, low heart rate, coughing, and sweating. The mannequins give students the opportunity to practice procedures such as putting in a blood line or intubation before trying it on a human patient. In addition to the simulation rooms, there are 12 patient exam rooms where students can practice taking medical histories and refine their bedside manner with standardized patient-actors. Each room is fully wired for audio and video, so faculty members can watch students’ performances from central control rooms and provide post-procedural training in a debriefing session.
Medical education is increasingly focused on achieving competency in clinical skills and diagnostic reasoning, emphasizing approaches that enhance patient safety and the quality of care. Simulation training is an essential link between medical student training and clinical experience and has proven to be an effective tool for assessing technical skills, critical thinking, and team-orientated behavior throughout medical training.
Tufts School of Medicine's Clinical Skills and Medical Simulation Center (CSSC) is a 9,000-square-foot training facility that contains three simulation rooms with state-of-the-art computerized mannequins that display symptoms and distress the same way real patients do: dilated pupils, low heart rate, coughing, and sweating. The mannequins allow students the chance to practice procedures such as putting in a blood line or intubation before trying it on a human patient. In addition to the simulation rooms there are 12 patient exam rooms where students can practice taking medical histories and refine their bedside manner with standardized patient-actors. Each room is fully wired for audio and video, so faculty members are able to watch students' performances from central control rooms and provide post-procedural training in a debriefing session.
Medical simulation is applicable throughout all four years of medical education, postgraduate residency training, and continuing education. Simulation starts with the basics of CPR, advanced life support, with increasing complexity as the student learns to manage complex medical problems. Tufts is unique in offering state of the art training at a network of simulation centers.
Training in physical diagnosis starts in the fall of first year with the Physical Diagnosis Course. This six-month course combines didactic instruction with weekly hands on training sessions in the CSSC. Extensive use is made of task trainers (mannequins and computer-based learning tools) to teach normal and abnormal physical findings and standardized patients.
Standardized patients, actors who realistically portray patients with a wide array of medical problems, are used to train and to assess student competence in clinical skills. Each year more than 3000 student-standardized patient encounters are hosted at the CSSC. Students interview and/or examine standardized patients in the following courses/experiences: Medical Interviewing and the Doctor Patient Relationship; Physical Diagnosis, Introduction to Clinical Reasoning; Competency based Apprenticeship in Primary Care, Family Medicine Clerkship, and the end of third year assessment OSCE (objective structured clinical examination).
Tufts University School of Medicine
35 Kneeland Street, 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02111
Jesse Rideout, MD
Director, Clinical Skills and Simulation Center
Director of Simulation Education
Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Simulation Specialist
Staff Contact Info:
Director of Clinical Skills and Special Programs
Administrative Coordinator - PBL, Selectives, Special Programs and Scheduling
Administrative Coordinator for Clinical Skills and Special Programs
Meeting Spaces & Study Rooms
There are a variety of study and meeting spaces available on the Boston Health Sciences Campus in both the M&V Building at 136 Harrison Avenue and in the Medical Education Building at 145 Harrison Avenue. The Hirsh Library located on the fourth through seventh floors of the Medical Education Building features quiet floors and collaborative spaces, two computer labs, study rooms, and meeting areas to accommodate a variety of research and academic needs.
MD students have access to Learning Communities on the second and third floors of the Medical Education Building that feature small group classrooms and study spaces, as well as living room and kitchen facilities. To learn more about these spaces, visit the Mentoring & Learning Communities page.
Physician Assistant Students
There are specific study areas for PA students, including the conference room in the PA office, and five large study rooms with whiteboards on the 2nd floor of the Posner building.
Lockers & Locker Rooms
MD students are assigned a locker in the Medical Education Building for use during their first and second year. Students should bring a padlock with them to the first day of Orientation. Locks are also available for purchase at the Health Sciences Campus Bookstore.
Physician Assistant students are provided with a PA-specific locker room, and a guaranteed locker for their first year in the program with the option to request one for their second year as well. The locker room has a refrigerator and microwave for student use.
All graduate students are assigned lockers in the M&V Building on the Boston Health Sciences Campus so personal belongings can be stored securely during the academic year.