Located on the first floor of the University of Washington Medical Center’s Surgery Pavilion, WISH at UWMC opened in 2007 and provides simulation and training facilities to more than 30 departments and programs within UW Medicine. The site further serves as the primary administrative center for all WISH activities and efforts. WISH at UWMC maintains a 2,000 sq. ft. facility, including a dry-lab/skills center, virtual O.R., conference center and administrative offices. It is located immediately adjacent to the UW Medical Center’s clinical areas providing quick and easy access for clinicians, medical students and allied medical professionals. The training reach of WISH at UWMC extends beyond the WISH facility into the University of Washington Medical Center through in-situ training sessions and weekly resident training sessions with the Department of Anesthesiology’s Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) lab.
WISH at UWMC training is supplemented by the Center for Video Endoscopic Surgery (CVES) laboratory. The CVES lab is a 950 sq. ft. facility on the 6th floor of the UW Health Sciences Center and supports an extensive array of educational programs in open and minimally-invasive surgical techniques for medical students and residents in surgical disciplines.
WISH was proud to expand its training reach across the UW Medicine Health system with the expansion of its training program to a second WISH facility in January 2010.
The 8,000 sq. ft. location within Harborview Medical Center’s Ninth & Jefferson building is a state-of-the-art resource, utilizing specialty specific simulation and training focused on the needs of the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. All WISH at HMC facilities have been specifically designed for multi-purpose use. Reconfigurable walls and mobile equipment allow for quick transitioning of the facility to accommodate an extensive variety of courses and group sizes. WISH at HMC includes conference facilities, a classroom, virtual trauma bay, dry-lab skills area, virtual O.R., computing workstations and a reconfigurable nine-station wet/dry lab which accommodates cadaveric courses as well as dry lab simulations.
The continued success of WISH has allowed us to expand, and that expansion in turn, has increased the involvement of programs within UW Medicine and reinforces the use of simulation and interprofessional training as vital tools in modern medical training.
Collaboration across UW Medicine entities continues to bolster support for simulation education and training from administration and hospital leadership. UW Medicine’s recent expansion to Northwest Hospital and Medical Center has allowed for additional medical student and nursing training opportunities at the facility’s Community Health Education and Simulation Center (CHESC). Hospital leadership is currently reviewing course offerings and training foci at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center to allow for the most efficient and standardized training across the system.
WISH continues to foster a collaborative relationship with the simulation training efforts of Seattle Children’s hospital. With many faculty shared by UW Medicine, the two entities continue to coordinate training efforts.
In mid-2011, UW Medicine announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Valley Medical Center. As the expansion of UW Medicine to Valley MC develops, WISH looks forward to potential collaboration with this South King County medical facility.