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60th Medical Group Simulation Center

Welcome to the 60th Medical Group's Simulation Center at David Grant USAF Medical Center. Our mission is to provide the latest in medical simulation training technology to both civilian disaster response teams and military combat casualty care teams. We directly support state-wide emergency disaster/terrorist response training, local and federal government agencies, as well as military and civilian doctors, nurses and medical technicians.

The medical community is increasingly turning to high-fidelity patient simulators to train healthcare staff on procedures and skills they infrequently use. Medical simulation is an effective means of recreating medical and emergent care situations without jeopardizing the safety of real patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jay Trottier)

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The 60th Medical Group has a dedicated state-of-the-art Simulation Center occupying a 2,000 square foot physical area within David Grant USAF Medical Center to include: two in-patient rooms, a briefing room, multimedia control room, two adjacent classrooms and an area for their virtual trainers.

Current courses supported include Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advance Trauma Life Support, Independent Duty Medical Technician, Trauma Nurses Core Courses, Respiratory Therapy, Phase II Technician (aerospace medicine, surgical services), Phase II Respiratory Technician, Nurse Upgrade Program and the Critical Care and Transport Team.

The Sim Center also supports the postgraduate training programs in family medicine, internal medicine, radiology, transitional year, dentistry, and oral surgery. The staff also supports Air Force and facility research projects.

60 MDG's Simulation Center was awarded the AFMMAST 2010 Tier 1 Mentorship Team Award for their innovations with TeamSTEPPS, mentorship with their partner sites, program growth and assistance in establishing the 48th Medical Group's Sim Center program at Lakenheath Air Base, England as a Tier 1 site.
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The 60th Medical Group's Simulation Center has developed patient simulator training to address the team aspect of safe healthcare delivery. The Sim Center is staffed with instructors trained in Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety, an evidence-based teamwork system to improve communication and teamwork skills among healthcare professionals.

Patient simulators are used to recreate hospital care situations where skills from a variety of different healthcare team members must work together to provide care for the patient. Doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians from hospital units practice simulator-based patient scenarios as a team. 

TeamSTEPPS training has significantly empowered junior team members to interrupt senior staff with their timely observations about a patient's clinical deterioration. For its work integrating team communication training with medical and surgical patient care simulation, the 60 MDG's Sim Center received the Department of Defense Patient Safety Award in February 2007.
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AFMMAST Mission: To develop and use advanced learning technologies and methodologies to improve medical education and training for healthcare teams and patients, for the purpose of improving healthcare outcomes.

Vision: In 2015, the AFMMAST program improves patient outcomes and builds clinical skills better than traditional learning systems, and has the evidence to prove it.

The use of high-fidelity patient mannequins brings greater accountability to patient care and training exercises, as the mannequins realistically recover or expire based on the effectiveness of life saving techniques the teams provide, such as CPR, IV fluid and medication administration or invasive procedures.

The 60th Medical Group's Simulation Center is a Tier 1 site and currently oversees and mentors 13 bases throughout California and Pacific Air Forces. They provide guidance on simulation center operations, training and acquisition of equipment and support on any technical related issues.

In conjunction with six other Tier 1 sites, 60 MDG's Sim Center is developing curriculum and scenarios for validation in readiness skills verifications (RSVs), continuing medical education (CMEs) for physicians and continuing educational units (CEUs) for nurses and EMTs during simulation-based training.
tabSustainment of Trauma and Resuscitation Skills Program 
STARS-P Mission: The intent of the Sustainment of Trauma and Resuscitation Skills Program is to maintain trauma and resuscitative skills of medical personnel assigned to specified Military Treatment Facilities by regularly immersing staff in on-going clinical rotations at nearby civilian Level 1 trauma centers to maintain clinical proficiency.

Vision: STARS-P will be a distributed training program which will enable individuals to maintain individual AFSC and RSV training requirements related to the care and resuscitation of trauma patients.

The 60th Medical Group's Simulation Center at David Grant USAF Medical Center provides trauma-based scenarios created to meet the needs of deploying members as well as field exercise support. They maintain skills trainers for central and femoral line placement, cricothyrotomy, needle thoracentesis, and chest tube placement to name a few.

A joint venture offers DGMC staff to work at UC Davis Medical Center, allowing the opportunity to maintain certain critical surgical skills.

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The 60th Medical Group's Simulation Center at David Grant USAF Medical Center provides training and support to outside agencies as well.

State-wide Emergency Disaster, Fire, Ambulance, Law Enforcement, Reserve and Guard Unit teams train together to improve skills and readiness for emergency response on base and in the local area.

This popular community outreach has trained members of the Solano County Sherriff's Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team, the Oakland and Sacramento FBI S.W.A.T. Teams, as well as participating in a Homeland Defense Exercise for Northern California.

DGMC's specialized medical manikins challenge these different agencies to work together to deliver emergency medical care in the event of accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks.
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To contact the 60th Medical Group's Simulation Center, please call (707) 423-3026 / DSN: 799-3026 or e-mail:  

Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

60th Medical Group Simulation Center
David Grant USAF Medical Center
101 Bodin Circle - Bldg 777
Travis AFB, CA 94535-1800 

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