Simulation training at Baystate Medical Center

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Simulation Center Services

Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab

The main objective of the Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab is to improve procedural and technical skills of Baystate faculty, residents and students.

This training provides opportunities for medical professionals to practice and sharpen their skills using simulated models of human body tissues, bench-top task training devices and computer-assisted procedural task training tools.

Skills Instruction

Training is offered for a wide range of procedures such as:

  • open surgery
  • laparoscopic techniques
  • bedside procedures
  • surgical use of ultrasound
  • specific trauma managment skills
  • wound closure
  • central venous catheter training
  • virtual reality simulation
  • robotic surgery
  • endoscopy
  • laparoscopic suturing and intracorporeal  knot tying
  • adult and pediatric airway management

Medical Care Simulation

ALTThe primary objective of patient care simulation is to provide training in cognitive aspects of patient care in a safe and supportive setting. An emphasis is placed on building teamwork skills, and crisis management of high-risk low-volume occurrences.

Clinical procedures are learned using computer model driven patient simulators that can be programmed to model any medical problem, and mirror human physiological responses to medications and clinical procedures such as, CPR, intubation and catheterization. During training, clinicians' actions are monitored in a control room, and reviewed and evaluated for feedback to enhance the learning experience and improve patient safety.


  • Low- and high-tech computer-driven skills trainers
  • Low- and high-tech open benchtop skills trainers
  • Medium- and high-fidelity patient simulators
  • Control room: computer, video capture and editing, and teleconferencing equipment