Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation

Reference: SIM-00086


No of courses available: 40

The Surgical and Clinical Skills Centres within the School of Medicine, University of Dundee come together as the Dundee Institute of Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) capitalising on their combined expertise and experience of providing simulation-based medical education spanning almost thirty years. 

Surgical Skills Centre

Technological advances and innovations require new skills to be mastered and the centre designs programmes to facilitate these ongoing requirements. The custom-built facility includes interventional human anatomy, virtual reality simulation, micro-surgery operating microscopes, an operating theatre, fully equipped laparoscopic training laboratories and advanced surgical skills training on Thiel embalmed human cadavers – which all combine to form one of the most innovative surgical training facilities in Europe.  The Centre recently became the first in the UK to receive full Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Centre Accreditation. The Centre’s training portfolio spans various disciplines with training provided at basic, intermediate and advanced levels for local, national and international trainees. 

Clinical Skills Centre

Educational activities within the Centre are wide ranging, from simple task trainers and interactions with our volunteer simulated patients, to the use of virtual and augmented reality simulation and the immersive environments provided in the Dow Clinical Simulation Suite.  The Dow Clinical Simulation Suite is a £1M extension which has recreated a variety of realistic healthcare settings, enabling healthcare professionals to learn safely in simulated environments and enhancing the transfer of new skills to clinical practice. A state of the art control suite allows real time recordings of simulated sessions, creating the opportunity for video-assisted debriefing which promotes reflective learning.