WISH learners have diverse clinical backgrounds with a wide range of experience either as healthcare students or professionals. WISH categorizes its learners into three primary groups: 1) healthcare professionals, such as nurses and attending physicians, 2) resident physicians, and 3) students.  

Healthcare Professionals

WISH provides opportunities for healthcare professionals such as attending physicians, new nurse graduates, veteran nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists from the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, surrounding hospitals, and throughout the region. A multitude of skill-based courses are available for physicians, such as central line placement, in addition to interprofessional trainings such as TeamSTEPPS and system wide mock codes.   

Partnering with nursing personnel, WISH provides trainings such as orientations for new nurses, in-situ trainings, manikin-based trainings, and e-module resources such as Patient Safety Innovations Program (PSIP) Code Blue videos.

Collaborating with Seattle Children’s, WISH houses the Neonatal Resuscitation program for community providers from across the Northwest. Didactic sessions are alternated with simulations that use a newborn manikin, to effectively teach evidence-based resuscitation procedures and protocols.

Additionally, WISH partners with Harborview Medical Center’s Clinical Education and Community Training Center to provide simulation opportunities for hospital nurses and staff. This diversity provides the University of Washington with a truly unique and versatile simulation program.

Resident Physicians

Training in WISH has become a staple for many residency programs at the University of Washington, with topics ranging a wide span of competencies and areas of focus such as medical decision-making, procedural dexterity, and communication. Resident trainings are held semiweekly, weekly, monthly, and annually, depending on the department.

Residents may also access WISH at UWMC 24/7 for independent trainings and a variety of simulation equipment is available for checkout.


WISH provides training sessions for students in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and to sudents in the Physician Assistant Program (MEDEX), and Respiratory Therapy.

A variety of training modalities are available for medical students, such as task-trainers, clinical scenario-based trainings, and virtual-reality procedural trainings. Courses focus on psychomotor skills, cognition, and communication techniques. Additionally, the Institute offers students the opportunity to participate in interprofessional team training simulations, which combine students from multiple professions into patient care teams.