The Howard University Health Sciences (HUHS) officially marked the launch of its state-of-the art Simulation Center with a grand opening ceremony on Jan. 23.

The 6,000-square foot facility, the first-of-its-kind with cutting-edge-cross-disciplinary design in the United States, will provide top training to more than 800 health sciences students and post-graduate trainees across 20 programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied health. Students and health care trainees will experience simulated medical scenarios in a hospital environment that will replicate real patient experiences.

Key features of the Center include:

• An operating room suite, an intensive care/emergency room suite and a task training/surgical skills suite with two dedicated debriefing rooms.

• Five human patient simulators including a mannequin that delivers a baby.

• Life-sized, interactive mannequins that breathe, have pulses and can be programmed to sweat and bleed. They can also produce an electrocardiogram and respond to medications.