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GCSI Overview

Medical simulation is a rapidly growing field dedicated to the goal of improving patient care. At NorthShore, we are committed to using these emerging technologies to improve education and patient safety.

NorthShore's expertise in practice and research, as well as our standing as a top-ranked teaching hospital, has driven us to further our commitment to simulation by developing the Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation (GCSI).

This state-of-the-art, 13,000 square foot facility at NorthShore Evanston Hospital was specifically designed to host our multispecialty, multidisciplinary simulation center. Here, two programs provide complementary and collaborative health care education, training and research opportunities.

  • NorthShore's world-class Medical Simulation Program (formerly CSTAR—Center for Simulation Technology and Academic Research) is actively improving patient care, reducing healthcare costs and improving outcomes through innovative medical scenario simulation.
  • The Surgical Simulation Program is a leading-edge surgical training and innovation program that provides an expert resource for surgeons to train in established minimally invasive methods, and to develop and test new techniques and procedures.

GCSI uses simulation to help healthcare practitioners improve their clinical performance, reduce errors, and refine their teamwork and communication skills using a variety of simulation modalities including task trainers, human patient simulators, virtual reality and standardized patient actors.

The unique combination at GCSI of medicine and surgery allows for a new level of collaboration beyond most programs. The multidisciplinary lab encourages communication between a variety of specialties, providing enhanced knowledge and a ready dialogue to develop new applications for medical techniques.

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Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation is accredited as a comprehensive Level I program by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Education Institute.