About The

Simulation CEnter

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

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.

Mission and Vision

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 experiences
  • Empower compassionate, highly trained, intellectually curious members of the healthcare team

Vision

The CHSU Simulation Center aims to serve as the leader for healthcare simulation in California.

Location

College of Osteopathic Medicine Building
2500 Alluvial Ave
Clovis, CA 93611
559-712-4200
simulationcenter@chsu.edu

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:

2021 Simulation Advisory Council

Chair of the Council:

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

Council Members:

Kimberly Bilskey, MSN, RN, CHSE
Simulation Coordinator, Critical Care Clinical Education Specialist (ED, NICU, PICU); Valley Children’s Healthcare

Kitty Cazares, MSN
Nursing Program Director; Merced Community College

Lisa Chun, D.O., MS.MEdl, FNAOME, CPE, OHPF
Associate Dean of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Simulation, Associate Professor; CHSU

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

Darrell Fifield
Standardized Patient; CHSU

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

Ralph Herrera, B.S.
Simulation Specialist, Operations; CHSU

Lisa Hood, CNP, MSA, RN, FNP-C
Director, MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Saint Agnes Medical Center

Lindsey Johnson, B.A.
Biomedicine Lab Instructor; The Center for Advanced Research and Technology

William Kim
CHSU-COM Student Doctor, Class of 2024; CHSU

Tara Lemoine, D.O., Fellow in Simulation Education and Research
Medical Simulation Director, Pediatric Intensivist; Valley Children’s Healthcare

Thayer Merritt, B.A.
Simulation Specialist, Mixed Media; CHSU

Catherine Milburn, EMT-P

Paramedic, EMS Instructor; West Hills College, Lemoore

Yoshihiro Ozaki, D.O., FAAP
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Primary Care; CHSU
Hospitalist; Valley Children’s Healthcare

Lorilee Perry, BSN, MSN, FNP, CNS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences; CHSU

Shelvia Salvano, BSN, RN
Simulation Coordinator; 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, M.A.
Standardized Patient Educator; CHSU

2020 Simulation Advisory Council

Chair of the Council:

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

Council Members:

Kimberly Bilskey, MSN, RN, CHSE
Simulation Manager; Valley Children’s Healthcare

Kitty Cazares, MSN
Nursing Program Director; Merced Community College

Sydnei Fox, PharmD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy Department of Clinical Sciences; CHSU

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

Ruqayya Gill, D.O.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Specialty Medicine; CHSU

Ralph Herrera, B.S.
Simulation Specialist, Operations; CHSU

Simon Holguin, LNHA, RCFE
SNF Administrator/Executive Director; Bethel Lutheran Home

Lisa Hood, CNP, MSA, RN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner; Madera Community Hospital

Lindsey Johnson, B.A.
Biomedicine Lab Instructor; The Center for Advanced Research and Technology

Tara Lemoine, D.O., Fellow in Simulation Education and Research
Medical Simulation Director, Pediatric Intensivist; Valley Children’s Healthcare

Thayer Merritt, B.A.
Simulation Specialist, Mixed Media; CHSU

Whitney Rodriguez
Paramedic, EMS Education Coordinator; American Ambulance

Angela Rosati, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN
Adjunct Medical Surgical Faculty; West Hills College Lemoore, Kaweah Delta Hospital

Shelvia Salvano, BSN, RN
Simulation Coordinator; Gurnick Medical Academy

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

Nanami Yoshioka, M.A.
Standardized Patient Educator; CHSU