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Introduction to the MGH Learning Laboratory

MGH Learning Laboratory IN THE NEWS

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

MGH Simulation Advisory Board

Dennis A. Ausiello, MD, Medicine

Robert J. Birnbaum, MD, Psychiatry, Home Base Program

Stephen Calderwood, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases

Peter Dunn, MD, Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Management, Operating Room Administration

Timothy G. Ferris, MD, Medicine

Brian French, RN, The Blum Patient Family Learning Center

Alex F. Johnson, PhD, MGH Institute for Health Professions

Ronald E. Kleinman, MD, Pediatric Medical Service (MGHfC)

Anne Klibanski, MD, Neuroendocine Unit

Elizabeth Mort, MD, Medicine/Primary Care/Women’s Health Associates

John A. Parrish, MD, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT)

Ann L. Prestipino, Senior Vice President, Surgical and Anesthesia Services & Clinical Business Development

David W. Rattner, MD, Surgery

Elizabeth Schneider, MLS, Treadwell Library

Lee H. Schwamm, MD, Neurology

Debra F. Weinstein, MD, Director, GME


Ex Officio

James A. Gordon, MD, MPA

O'Neil Britton, MD

Andrea Paciello, FACHE

Bethany Daily, MBA

Kevin Synnott, MA



The MGH Learning Laboratory


The MGH Learning Laboratory, located in Bartlett Hall, works in collaboration with other teaching and research units across MGH, to ensure that every MGH trainee, provider, and team has regular opportunities for dedicated clinical practice and feedback in a risk-free environment.

The Lab's flexible Simulation Ward can be adapted to replicate a full spectrum of clinical care environments, ranging from an intensive care unit or emergency department, to a hospital ward or clinic, to a pre-hospital or disaster staging area.  For ultra-high realism, the Learning Lab collaborates with hospital services to provide in situ simulation sessions in actual hospital units and operating suites.

Simulation areas are configured to accommodate training and assessment for critical event management, teamwork and communication, procedural skills, and decision-making.  Sessions are led, observed, and debriefed by expert faculty.  Both individual and group training sessions can be accommodated, and video-tape review is available to enhance the learning experience.

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

Many members of the MGH community have an extensive history with simulation-based, hands-on educational experiences in dedicated, service-based simulation facilities.  In conjunction with the Learning Laboratory, all services will now be able to offer educational opportunities to a broader MGH audience, promoting greater interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance organizational performance.

MGH-affiliated Simulation Programs and Teams include:

Interdisciplinary Simulation Programs

  • Knight Simulation Program, Institute for Patient Care/Patient Care Services
  • Surgical Simulation Advisory Committee
  • Central Line Training Task Force
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT)
  • Center for Medical Simulation
  • CRICO/Harvard Risk Management Foundation Initiatives

Specialty Simulation Teams

  • MGH Nursing
  • MGH Anesthesia and Critical Care
  • MGH Emergency Services
  • MGH Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • MGH Pediatrics
  • MGH Medicine
  • MGH Orthopaedics
  • MGH General Surgery
  • MGH Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • MGH Neurology
  • MGH Imaging/Radiology
  • MGH Pathology
  • MGH Psychiatry
  • MEEI/MGH Ophthalmology