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Mayo’s Simulation Center accredited

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Mayo Clinic’s 10,000-square-foot Multidisciplinary Simulation Center has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons.

The center offers computer simulations, robotic mannequins programmed to respond like patients do, and human actors who play the parts of patients.

Trainers watch from observation rooms, and then they review films of what the students do during simulated patient care.

Accreditation allows Mayo "to offer continuing education to visiting physicians, surgeons, emergency room workers and other health-care professionals," the clinic’s announcement says.

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During its first 12 months of operation, according to the clinic, the Simulation Center has hosted 4,053 people who attended half-day courses.

"This high level of programming and usage at startup is unprecedented in any simulation center to my knowledge," said the center’s medical director, Dr. William Dunn.

Dunn is president-elect of the Society for Simulation in Health Care.

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