About The

Simulation CEnter

Committed to improving health care by educating the Central Valley’s future doctors and health care providers.

About the Simulation Center

CHSU’s state-of-the-art, 21,000 square foot Simulation Center is located inside the College of Osteopathic Medicine building and features two highly functional labs and several other simulated-learning areas:

  • In-Patient Wing modeled to resemble the hospital environment
  • Out-Patient Wing designed to resemble a clinic or doctor’s office
  • Anatomy classroom where HoloLens™ Augmented Reality will be used
  • Virtual classroom with trainers and hands-on anatomy simulators

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

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. An interprofessional medical education curriculum includes multiple simulation-based learning modalities which is why simulation is an essential part of our University program. The integral parts of the CHSU Simulation Center program are foundational adult learning theory, Standards of Best Practice in Simulation, Standards of Best Practice for Standardized Patients, and Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

The CHSU Simulation Center is also dedicated to education beyond its doors. There will be many opportunities for the community to collaborate with simulation and health care experts in simulation-based educational experiences within the Simulation Center and simulation education training. If you are interested in learning more about how you can collaborate with us, please visit our Community Education and Training page.


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CHSU has been granted accreditation for our Simulation Center in Teaching/Education by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).​

SSH Accreditation is a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of a healthcare simulation program. This accreditation examines a simulation program’s processes and outcomes in assessment, research, teaching/education, and systems integration. SSH is the largest healthcare simulation accrediting body in the world, with over 240 SSH Accredited Programs from 10 countries.

Mission and Vision


The CHSU Simulation Center focuses on:

  • Preparing learners to provide quality patient care using safe clinical practices.
  • Designing, developing, and executing healthcare simulation-based education through teamwork, expertise, collaboration, and research using innovative technology and standards of best practices.
  • Advancing learners to be influential leaders in the healthcare community demonstrating empathy and compassion, committed to lifelong learning.


The CHSU Simulation Center will lead in healthcare simulation applying evidence-based practices in learner-centered education.


College of Osteopathic Medicine Building
2500 Alluvial Ave
Clovis, CA 93611

CHSU Simulation Advisory Council

The purpose of the CHSU Simulation Center and Program Advisory Council is to represent the community at large, champion simulation-based learning and counsel effective integration of simulation-based learning activities into the CHSU medical student curriculum. The Council provides guidance in shaping the course of interprofessional simulation healthcare education, operating procedures, and future planning and evaluation to the CHSU Simulation staff and faculty.

We are grateful to the following individuals that currently serve on the CHSU Simulation Advisory Council:

2023-2024 Simulation Advisory Council

Chair of the Council:

Leslie Catron, M.A.ED, BSN, RN, CHSE
Simulation Center Director, Clinical Instructor; CHSU

Council Members:

Jannette Aguilar
Simulation Faculty; Merced Community College

Lindsey Barlow, BS
Biomedicine Instructor; Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART)

Kimberly Bilskey, MSN, RN, CHSE
Manager of the Interprofessional Education Simulation Program; Valley Children’s Healthcare

Cathy Burford
Simulation Operations Technician; CHSU

Scarlett Carlson
EMS Program Director, Fresno; National University School of Health Sciences

Associate Dean of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Simulation, Professor; CHSU

Grace Durham, MSN
Director of Skills and Simulation Lab; National University, Fresno Campus

Darrell Fifield
Standardized Patient; CHSU

James Garza, FP-C, CMTE
Flight Paramedic, SkyLife/Air Methods

Marie Gilbert, DNP, RN, CHSE
Director, Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing; California State University, Fresno

Yoshihiro Ozaki, DO, FAAP
Interim Chair and Assistant Professor, Primary Care; CHSU
Hospitalist; Valley Children’s Healthcare

Chelsey Preciado
CHSU-COM Student Doctor, Class of 2025 and Chair of the Simulation Student Interest Group; CHSU

Shelvia Salvano, BSN, RN
Assistant Program Director of BSN and Director Nursing Clinical Operations; Gurnick Medical Academy

Kimberly Sokol, M.D., MS, Fellow in Emergency Medical Simulation
Director of Medical Simulation, GME Emergency Medicine Faculty; Kaweah Delta Hospital

Nanami Yoshioka, MA
Assistant Manager of the Standardized Participant Program; Adjunct Instructor, CHSU

The CHSU Simulation Center is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Teaching/Education.

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