UT breaks ground on $36M simulation center

Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center building rendering from the University of Toledo website.
Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center building rendering from the University of Toledo website.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The University of Toledo broke ground on a new $36 million Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (IISC) on Monday.

Students will take part in simulated and virtual reality experiences as part of their education on medicine, patients and the human body. For example, officials say students would able to take a virtual tour of the heart as if they were right inside of it.

"The modern student is particularly appreciative of technology because they're so used to gaming, and simulation, and they learn in different ways. And this is a way to help them learn in ways that were never possible before," explained Dr. Pamela Boyers with UT.

In a news release, administrators say the school has scaled up previous plans to include simulation technologies beyond medical and health education. The center will ultimately include interdisciplinary collaboration that includes the arts, the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering.

Slated to open in February of 2014, the IISC will be the first in the nation to incorporate three integrated simulation centers: a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center, an advanced simulation center and the virtual immersive reality center.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday morning in the Center for Creative Education Building on Health Science Campus. Carroll Ashley, chair of the UT Board of Trustees, was joined by UT President Lloyd Jacobs, Chancellor Jeffrey Gold and IISC Executive Director Pamela Boyers.

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