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Welcome to the Simulation Center

The Simulation Center at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. We are purposed with “Advancing Excellence in Cancer Care” through the use of simulation based training, assessment, and evaluation. We aim to be the bridge to improved patient safety and quality outcomes. (more)
Faculty Highlights

Gregory H. Botz

Gregory H. Botz, MD, FCCM is the medical director of the Simulation Center. He is a professor in the Department of Critical Care at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Huntington Memorial Hospital and then completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Stanford University in California. He also completed a medical simulation fellowship at Stanford with Dr. David Gaba and the Laboratory for Human Performance in Healthcare. Dr. Botz is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Botz joined the Department of Critical Care at MD Anderson in 1998. He was previously on the faculty at the Duke University Medical Center, and Stanford University School of Medicine. He has served as medical director of the Intensive Care Unit, the Transfer Center, the Acute Care Training Center and the Medical Emergency Rapid Intervention Team. He is a member of the Air Medical Physician Association. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Botz serves as regional faculty for the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care training programs, and he is a national consultant for the Society of Critical Care training programs. He has served as a senior editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology Joint Council on Anesthesiology Examinations and program director for the Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship program at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Dr. Botz is a 2004 graduate of the Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement. He is a member of the steering committee and faculty for the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness training program. He has served as the University of Texas Chancellors Health Fellow in Quality of Care and Patient Safety, and is a Charter Fellow in Clinical Safety and Effectiveness in the University of Texas System.


New Resuscitation Guidelines

The American Heart Association released the new resuscitation guidelines in November 2015. The changes have been implemented into the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Heartsaver (HS), Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course curriculum. Until the provider manuals for each of these courses are updated with the new science, participants will need to use the bridge materials to familiarize themselves with the changes.

Participants registering for BLS_SSKC, Heartsaver CPR AED or Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED should access the bridge materials prior to class. The information can be found:

Participants registering for ACLS, PEARS or PALS should access the bridge materials prior to class.
The information can be found:
If you infrequently manage patients in arrest or near arrest states, you should consider taking the full certification course. The two-day course allows for adequate review and practice of the treatment algorithms, including changes related to the 2015 guidelines.



Click Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - Online Module (Key Code Only)

Attention ACLS, PALS, and PEARS Participants

Need a BLS Card too?
You will need to order the key code at least two (2) business days prior to class.  Complete the didactic review and bring the certificate of completion to the first day of class.  Check-offs will only be done on the first day of class.