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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Simulation Center is to be the international model of excellence in healthcare simulation for cancer care through research based, innovative and state-of-the–art education, training, and competency validation to enhance patient care and safety, provision of patient education, clinical services, and research.

Vision Statement:

To be the world leader in applying and advancing the science of healthcare simulation as the bridge between knowledge acquisition and application to real life situations while promoting interprofessional collaboration, safety awareness and excellence in cancer care.

Philosophy Statement

The purpose of the Simulation Center is to inculcate the core values of MD Anderson Cancer Center (Caring, Integrity, and Discovery) through immersive learning experiences utilizing simulation science and technology. A learner-centered approach is employed in recognition of the active and reflective nature of learning and learners. An appreciation for learner knowledge and experience is central to the planning, implementation, and facilitation of simulation-based instruction, assessment, and competency validation. Building on learner’s existing knowledge base allows the learner to relate new information in context with existing knowledge which forms a broader knowledge base that can be transferred to new situations. Thus, clinical reasoning and problem solving are improved. Constructed knowledge can then be applied effectively in the health care environment.

Knowles six principles of adult learning provide the guiding program assumptions:

  • Adults are internally motivated and self-directed
  • Adults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences
  • Adults are goal oriented
  • Adults are relevancy oriented
  • Adults are practical
  • Adult learners like to be respected