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"Artificial Patients, Real Learning"
New York Times feature article on the MGH Learning Laboratory


Pioneering Medical Simulation


For over 20 years, faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital have played a leading role in the development of medical simulation as a new field of study.  MGH Faculty have:

  • Pioneered simulation-based team training in healthcare
  • Pioneered physiological modeling for simulator technology
  • Developed the model for a Fellowship in Medical Simulation
  • Founded the Institute for Medical Simulation
  • Led the founding of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Helped found the first scientific journal in the field
  • Led the introduction of Congressional legislation to support simulation
  • Created the first advanced-study certificate in the field
  • Chaired the first federally-funded research consensus conference in the field

The MGH Learning Laboratory


The MGH Learning Laboratory is located within the Treadwell Library, a central location designed to leverage the breadth of information science with the power of experiential learning.  Working in collaboration with other teaching and research units across MGH, the Learning Laboratory seeks to ensure that every MGH trainee, provider, and team has regular opportunities for dedicated clinical practice and feedback in a risk-free environment.

Our Mission is to enhance patient safety through routine practice for expert performance.

Our Vision is to fully integrate clinical simulation as a quality and safety tool in health care practice.

The MGH Learning Laboratory is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Education Institute.


The MGH Simulation Community of Practice

The unified simulation community of practice across MGH includes a hospital Division of Medical Simulation and training activity across departments and services.  The central Learning Laboratory in the Treadwell Library is a shared facility that fosters collaboration among a network of MGH-affiliated simulation labs, including:

  • Institute for Patient Care/Patient Care Services Knight Simulation Program Labs (Founders Building, Professional Office Building)
  • Vincent Memorial Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Simulation Suite (Founders Building)
  • General Surgery Skills Lab and Surgical Research Suite (White Building, Thier Building)
  • Cardiac Surgery Research and Skills Lab (Edwards Building)
  • Center for Medical Simulation (Landsdowne Street/Cambridge)
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) Clinical Simulation Lab (MGH Charlestown)
  • MGH-affiliated Simulation Training in Emergency Resuscitation (MASTER) Lab (Zero Emerson Place)
  • Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) (Landsdowne Street/Cambridge)
  • Dr. Dinesh Patel Arthroscopic Learning Lab (175 Cambridge Street)
  • Anesthesia Clinical Research and Skills Lab (White Building)
  • Ophthalmology Skills Lab at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI)
  • In-situ laboratories within MGH hospital units, wards, and operating suites

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