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University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre

The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) is a partnership between The Ottawa Hospital and The University of Ottawa and is located at The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus. The uOSSC offers world-class facilities to train the next generation of health-care professionals and it supports current professionals to hone their skills and develop new and innovative procedures. Simulation-based medical education involves a wide range of tools for hands-on training and experience. In addition to education, the uOSSC prioritizes research and development, as well as advancements in teaching practices, equipment and assessment of health professionals, to improve patient outcomes. These facilities include approximately 2,323 square metres (25,000 square feet) of specialized space that includes four state-of-the-art theatre-based simulation rooms. The uOSSC also offers skills training space. These spaces allow trainees to practise many skills, such as intravenous insertion, suturing and intubation. In 2014, the uOSSC began bringing simulation to the point of care with the Simulation Patient Safety Program (SPSP). Using in-situ simulation sessions at the hospital, interprofessional teams of health practitioners can be trained in their own environment. This fosters a culture of patient safety, empowers team members to communicate more effectively, and allows latent safety threats to be identified. When the pandemic hit last year, the uOSSC and SPSP program shifted gears to provide support to The Ottawa Hospital staff as well as other local health-care institutions. This included training sessions for the correct use of personal protective equipment, working with clinical groups to practise and refine changes in clinical protocols for COVID-19 patients, and virtual reality videos for health-care workers and patients. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore their interactive floorplan or take a virtual tour of the site by watching the video below.

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Contact info

725 Parkdale Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario


Building type: Educational facility, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre 725 Parkdale Avenue