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Help Using Simulations

Reserve the CSSALT Simulation Lab


Creating / Editing Scenarios

Before creating a scenario from scratch, check whether it (or something close to it that you can edit) might already be available in our scenario library

Editing Scenarios

You will use a scenario editor to edit an existing scenario or create a new one. 

Scenarios control physiologic variables such as shunt fraction, vascular resistance, heart rhythm, bronchial resistance, fluid loss, etc.  A complete list of such variables can be provided to you if needed.

Creating Scenarios

If you want to create a scenario from scratch, read through the documents linked below:

Scenario creation introduction

New scenario template

Template with example scenario

What help is available?

Tony DeStephens at (352)273-6779
David Lizdas at (352)273-6783
Faith Hawks at (352)273-6782
Sem Lampotang at (352)273-6781

Simulation Instructor Training

Are you a faculty member or senior resident new to teaching with a mannequin patient simulator?   We will be happy to provide training in using the simulator for teaching and primers for  debriefing techniques following a simulation.  To make an appointment for an individualized simulation instructor training session, please contact Tony DeStephens at or call (352) 273-6779.

Tips and Tricks

Tip #1 Don't let the simulator run the show

Simulation technology is there to enhance your teaching not to be the teacher or, even worse, to interfere with your teaching.  If you feel you aren't getting your points across with simulation, try something else.  Simulation is a tool, not a goal.  Teaching is the goal and you shouldn't hesitate to do what works best for you and your students; even if it means you come to the Simulation Center and don't do any actual simulation, or scrap a simulation in the middle to have a discussion and draw diagrams.

Tip #2 Accurate and reliable scenarios require preparation and attention.

A scenario doesn't always have to run perfectly and remain medically accurate to get your point across.  However, if a reliable and accurate scenario is important to you, you must be willing to provide detailed notes in advance and run through the scenario yourself to ensure it meets your own standards of accuracy.  If you want to show up on short notice, follow tip #1 and don't let the details get in the way of teaching.

Tip #3 Medical Equipment is expensive

Disposable medical equipment is expensive so we try to reuse as much of it as possible.  Thus our kits and devices take much more abuse than they are built for.  If you absolutely need a complete or unopened kit or device, please call ahead of time to ensure that one is available or bring one with you.

Tip #4 Use your imagination

The Simulation Center is not just for anesthesiology, and it's not just for training with the Human Patient Simulator (Stan).  The center is a flexible resource and we are always willing to entertain ideas for new ways to teach and new things to try in the Simulation Lab.

Tip #5

The Simulation Center has an online schedule  reachable from campus networks.  Making use of the online calendar is convenient for everyone.  If you call to find out whether the simulation lab is available, whoever you talk to will just check the same online calendar anyway.  Save yourself the potential phone tag and check it directly from any campus connected computer or using UF’s VPN from home.

Tony's Contact Info:
Phone: (352) 273-6779