Frequently Asked Questions
Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre
The Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre is an Accredited Centre, what does that mean?
The Centre has achieved a five-year accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2020-2024). Accredited simulation programs are nationally recognized as leaders in simulation- based learning and educational research.
Do you offer CME credits?
As an accredited simulation program, all activities developed and provided by the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre are automatically approved as accredited activities within the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Accredited simulation programs may co-develop within the accreditation framework but cannot approve activities developed by outside organizations.
What are your hours of operation?
Bookings are made Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekend or after-hours bookings can be accommodated based on staff availability.
Any activities occurring in the simulation centre must be scheduled - drop-ins cannot be accommodated.
Who can book the simulation centre?
The simulation centre is available to Unity Health Toronto students, healthcare professionals, staff, researchers, hospital physicians and surgeons. Academic partners and external groups can also book the centre – please contact us to see if our space is suitable for your event needs.
Can I bring people from outside of St. Michael’s to access the centre?
People registered as part of a course offered at the simulation centre or who are subjects in a research project can access the centre provided they are authorized to do so by the requester.
Is there a maximum number of participants that can use a simulation room at one time?
This is dependent on the nature of the simulation activity:
- Skills lab: 25 people with a classroom style set-up, 10-17 people for skills stations
- Simulation operating room: 8-10 people
- Simulation theatre: 6-8 people
- Debriefing room: up to 10 people
Do I need to have an instructor onsite to use the centre or can people use it without an instructor?
It is not necessary to have an instructor onsite when a requestor books a session in order to practice skills such as cardiac auscultation, suturing and intubation. All other simulation activities involving a group of participants will require that an instructor be present to supervise.
What is the process to make a booking request?
All bookings require the completion of the booking request form. This form can be found on this website, or by contacting email@example.com. This form assists our team with its pre-planning and consultation initiatives, and ensures all resources required are available.
How far in advance do I have to book the centre?
While there isn’t a deadline, it is advisable to allow time for planning and coordination.
As a guideline, allow six to eight weeks when booking events that involve:
- Large groups (greater than 20)
- Use of multiple rooms
- Research activities
- Scheduling of regularly occurring sessions
- After hours events
For people who require access to the centre for individual skills practice such as cardiac auscultation, suturing and intubation, requests can be processed within a day or two, if the space and equipment are available. Our centre is booked on a first-come, first served basis.
Can I move equipment from one room to another? For instance, can I bring one of the laparoscopic computers from the skills lab into the operating room? Can the simulation equipment be brought outside of the Simulation Centre?
All equipment requests should be identified during your consultation with one of the simulation team members. This ensures we have the right equipment available in the room on the day you arrive. If you require additional equipment on the day of your booking, a simulation centre team member will assist you in moving it to your room depending on its availability.
If I want to book the centre on multiple days for the same simulation do I have to complete multiple online request forms?
No, if the request is for the same program you are running please fill out all of the required dates on one request form. We ask that a request form be submitted if you are planning to run a different simulation session or request additional dates.
How can I ensure all of my simulation requirements will be met before I show up for my booking?
As part of the intake process, a simulation team member will meet with all requesters to review their needs and plan the best approach for bringing the simulation to life. This consultation will include discussions around what type of equipment the requester requires and all the vital information such as patient stats.
How many simulation team members are available for my simulation?
In general, one simulation team member will be assigned to your simulation. If more than one room is being used, additional staff may be provided. If you require extra team members to act as confederates or otherwise, please indicate this on your booking request form.
Is it possible to arrange for a tour of the centre to learn more?
Absolutely! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a tour.
Is there a fee associated with booking the centre?
There are fees associated with most simulation bookings. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Is the centre available for filming or photography use?
Yes! Our centre has been used frequently for filming medical scenes in movies, television productions, commercials, and for use by photographers.
Can you accommodate live tissues in the simulation centre?
Yes, we have the ability to use live animal tissues in our Skills Lab. We do not have the capacity to use cadavers.
How do I find the simulation centre?
Location: 209 Victoria St., Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute - basement level
Currently elevator access is card restricted.
- External entrance is from Victoria Street, up the stairs to second floor and across to the east end and down the stairs by the Shuter window to the basement.
- Internal entrance is the 3rd floor bridge from Shuter wing, elevator down to the 1st floor, use the stairs by the Shuter window and walk down to the basement.
If elevator access is needed, please inform us and we’ll make arrangements.