Welcome to the Penn State Hershey Clinical Simulation Center

The mission of the Penn State Hershey Clinical Simulation Center is to improve patient outcomes with effective programs that promote and enhance practitioner skills, clinical competence, teamwork, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  To advance the field of healthcare simulation, the Center conducts innovative research into simulation theory, practice, and technology.

The Center opened our new facility on January 20, 2010.  A brief video is available, detailing the areas of the new center.  The Year in Review is a compilation of our activities for 2012, describing new courses, outreach activities and overall utilization statistics.


The Community Service Team recognized Tammi Bortner for her hands-only CPR demonstrations in their 2013 Awards Ceremony.  Tammi has been running the outreach event for the past several years at various venues in the community.  Congratulations, Tammi!

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Karpa!  She has been named a 2013 Macy Faculty Scholar by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, one of only six honorees in the country. The award and accompanying grant recognize faculty leaders who are committed to improving and reforming education in the health professions.  We are honored to work with Dr. Karpa on several of her courses here at the Center.  Read the Penn State Hershey news article for more details.

The center wishes to acknowledge generous support (financial support, resources, and / or equipment) from the following: 

Below are links to some of the certifications and awards that the center has received:


Penn State Hershey Clinical Simulation Center was one of the first institutions to be accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Sim Center is approved in the areas of Assessment, Teaching / Education, and System Integration.

The center is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Comprehensive Education Institute. This 3-year accreditation from June 2010 through June 2013 is the highest level possible.  Dr. Andreas Meier, then the Director of the Surgical Program, led the multi-departmental effort with institutional support from Dr. Rich Simons, Vice Dean of Education. Under the leadership of Dr. Peter Dillon, the Surgery Department demonstrated their achievements and vision in surgical simulation for Hershey Medical Center.  In addition, Dr. Elizabeth Sinz, Medical Director of the Simulation Center, and Dr. W. Bosseau Murray, Associate Director, helped to convey the integration of surgical simulation within the entire scope of simulation-based healthcare education. Many other individuals contributed to the application, typical of the unified approach to healthcare education embraced by our institution.

The Center is also accredited by the American Society of Anesthesiologists as an Endorsed Simulation Program.  Dr. Elizabeth Sinz, the Center's Medical Director, led the application process. This certification, granted from 2009 through 2011, recognizes the high quality of Anesthesia simulation programs and the dedication of resources needed to maintain and expand the programs.  The Simulation Center is also authorized by this accreditation to offer continuing medical education credits to ASA members. 


The Simulation Center has been accredited by the ACS since 2007, by the ASA since 2009, and by the SSIH since 2011.

Dr. W. Bosseau Murray was recognized as an Outstanding Mentor by the Penn State College of Medicine class of 2008.

Dr. Elizabeth Sinz (Medical Director, Simulation Center) is a Past President of the International Society for Simulation In HealthCare from Jan 2007 through Jan 2008.

First Prize for the Best Scientific Exhibit - ASA Meeting (1994)

Implementation of Cognitive Science in Anesthesiology Education and Training. Mentzer S, Murray WB, Schneider AJL, Marshall WK, Shelley KH, Taekman J, Vaduva S, Foster PA, Roeckel M.

An endowment has recently been created to further the mission of the center.  If interested in helping us educate future generations and improve patient safety, please contact the Office of University Development at the address below.

The center would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their generous gifts to our endowment: 

  • The Franklin H. and Ruth L. Wells Foundation 

Your generous contribution to our Simulation Endowment Fund will allow us to further enhance medical education, improve patient safety, and ensure the highest quality of patient care.  You are also helping to secure our simulation facility as an ongoing resource to the local community.  Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to Penn State, with Simulation Endowment Fund in the memo line.  Thank you for your gift.

Please send to:

Office of University Development, A120
Penn State College of Medicine
PO Box 852
Hershey, PA 17033-0852

If you have further questions, or to inquire about estate planning opportunities, please call 717-531-8456.