The California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU COM) is on the forefront of interprofessional education in the Central Valley. We are proud to announce the anticipated opening of the CHSU Simulation Center in July 2020.

The state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot CHSU Simulation Center has two working labs:

  • • In-Patient Lab: modeled to resemble the hospital environment
  • • Out-Patient Lab: designed to resemble a clinic or doctor’s office

The innovative CHSU Simulation Center was meticulously planned to enhance the interactive learning needs of today’s students, particularly concerning the foundations of medical and clinical wisdom.

Using foundational learning theory and Standards of Best Practice in simulation and standardized patient, the CHSU Simulation program also includes Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Research has shown that using interactive simulation experiences in conjunction with classroom learning develops better prepared clinical practitioners, while improving quality health care, education, and patient safety. A true collaborative four-year medical education curriculum includes multiple simulation-based learning modalities.

The CHSU Simulation Center is dedicated to education beyond its doors. There is opportunity for the community to collaborate with simulation and health care experts in simulation-based educational experiences within the center.

The Mission

We will be a model of interprofessional simulation that will:

  • Inspire participants to apply knowledge with hands-on skills practice;
  • Develop interactive learning with simulation-based activities;
  • Empower students and community members to be compassionate and curious leaders.

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Our Team

Leslie D. Catron, M.A.ED, BSN, RN, CHSE

Simulation Center Manager

Nanami Yoshioka

Nanami Yoshioka, MA

Standardized Patient Educator

Thayer Merrit

Thayer Merritt

Simulation Specialist, Mixed Reality

In-Patient Experience

The In-Patient Lab was explicitly designed to replicate a hospital setting.  Its purpose is to provide learners with a real patient environment preparing them to function professionally in the clinical setting. It includes an operating/birthing room, patient rooms and an emergency/intensive care room, each having a control room for simulation technicians and faculty.  The lab is equipped with full video capture for playback and review during debriefing sessions plus evaluation by faculty.

A family of tetherless mannequins creates an interactive, flexible learning environment. Using environmental, physical and psychological fidelity, faculty and students experience immersion in purposeful development of clinical skills, teamwork, improving communication and patient safety.

Out-Patient Experience

Our Out-Patient Lab is carefully designed for standardized patients and consists of twelve exam rooms equipped with full video capture, a debriefing and meeting space, student and standardized patient (SP) check-in, SP lounge, and control room.  Also, there are laptop stations outside of each exam room for students to complete post-encounter exercises based on the patient case.  The purpose is to create an authentic clinical space where learners can sharpen their assessment and communication skills with live standardized patients.  This assists in the acquisition of various health care competencies:

  • • Professionalism
  • • Communication
  • • Organization
  • • Clinical reasoning
  • • Examination skills
Standardized Patient Program

Thank you for your interest in our Standardized Patient/Participant program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine Simulation Center at California Health Sciences University (CHSU).

Standardized Patients/Participants (SPs) are individuals who can help provide direct, hands-on patient care experiences for the medical students at CHSU. Drawing from their diversity of background and skills, SPs enjoy a flexible work schedule and are interested in contributing to the development of health care professionals.

SP simulation involves specifically trained individuals to portray the roles of patients, family members or others. Because of this training, it allows students to practice physical exam skills, history taking skills, communication skills, and other exercises. SPs are trained to consistently and accurately portray specific emotions, behaviors and disease symptoms, relay personal history and everyday concerns while interacting with medical students during simulated patient experiences.

SPs are also involved with giving responsive feedback to a student’s performance during assessment experiences, so good memory and observation skills are a must. Some of the patient encounters do require the students performing physical exams (See FAQs).

No previous experience is required.

Qualifications and qualities to become an SP include:

  • • Reliable and punctual
  • • Good memory and recall skills
  • • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • • Ability to work with others
  • • Committed to the education of health care professionals
  • • Professionalism in interactions
  • • Keeping information confidential
  • • Be willing to learn
  • • Ability to easily adapt
  • • Positive attitude
  • • No biases toward gender, race, religion, national origin, or physical characteristics
  • • Comfortable with physical exam simulations
  • • Accurate completion of a medical database questionnaire to help match the SP to the appropriate patient cases (some real-life medical conditions or histories may conflict with simulated patient cases).

SPs are only utilized on an “as needed” basis, with time commitments occurring Monday through Friday between 7:30am – 12pm or 12:30pm – 5pm. While scheduling is planned each year, there is no guaranteed number of hours and some requests may be made on short notice.

If you are interested in becoming an SP, and can meet the qualifications and requirements, please apply by downloading and completing the application, then click “Submit Form” or download and mail the printed application to:

Attn: Nanami Yoshioka
CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
120 N. Clovis Ave, Clovis, CA 93612

  • • CHSU will schedule sessions periodically for faculty and staff to review submitted applications.
  • • CHSU will invite qualified candidates to an information session via email.
  • • CHSU will conduct Individual interviews to determine suitability for SPs and assess the comfort level in simulated environments by participating in role-play activities. Reference and background checks are necessary before an offer can be made to become an SP.
Download the Application Download the Job Description FAQs


For more information, please contact
Nanami Yoshioka, Standardized Patient Educator

Education and Training

In our brand new, high tech Simulation Center, students will utilize Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) HoloAnatomy™ software suite with Microsoft HoloLens 2™ devices, instead of traditional cadaver and dissection labs for learning. This will elevate the educational experience for our medical students studying human anatomy for each body system.

We are proud to be one of the first partner Universities to offer this innovative, anatomy education technology to our Valley medical students.

To learn more about the HoloLens, watch this video:

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