The Duke University Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC) was established in 2001 as a joint project of the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University. The HSPSC is an interdisciplinary, inter-professional team of physicians, nurses, educators and human factors engineers that focus on healthcare education, safety, quality, and research. The HSPSC model, with clinicians and educators working side-by-side with human factors engineers, has been cited as a 21st Century model for improving patient safety and quality. The HSPSC is recognized internationally for advancing the state-of-the-art in simulation and for innovation in education and research.
The Center is directed by Jeffrey Taekman, MD, a neuroanesthesiologist, Professor of Anesthesiology and the Assistant Dean for Educational Technology within the Duke School of Medicine. He was a co-founder, inaugural elected officer, and inaugural member the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare which has grown to become a multi-disciplinary, international, professional simulation society with more than 3000 members. He helped launch the Society’s peer reviewed journal, Simulation in Healthcare, and sat on its inaugural Editorial Board. Due to Dr. Taekman’s efforts, Duke is recognized as one of only six founding sponsors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
The HSPSC, located in the newly opened Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education (TSCHE), has expertise throughout the continuum of simulation—from lab-based to in-situ to virtual. The physical facility features three simulation theaters to include an OR suite, ICU suite, fully integrated audiovisual capture and playback system, and three multimedia classrooms.
The HSPSC provides simulation-based education to students from the Duke School of Medicine, Duke School of Nursing, allied health professions, residents and staff from across Duke Medicine, as well as industry partners. In addition to healthcare education, the HSPSC supports quality improvement projects within the Health System.
Collectively, HSPSC personnel have been responsible for bringing $8.1 million in funding to Duke from agencies such as the National Institutes for Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), Biomedical Engineering (BME), Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), The Duke Endowment (TDE), industry and others). The HSPSC team publishes in the realm of learning technology, medical education, simulation, human factors, patient safety, and quality improvement. The HSPSC is currently working with the Office of Licensing and Ventures to commercialize several innovations produced in-house.
In the coming years, the HSPSC plans to align with Duke’s simulation centers and Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development (Duke AHEAD) to maximize the efficiency and impact of simulation in medical education, research, and quality improvement at Duke and around the globe. By cultivating talent at Duke and through the continued pursuit of extramural funding, the HSPSC hopes to continue to serve as a global resource for the advancement of research in education and quality improvement through existing and novel uses of simulation.