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UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS)

CHIPS is the only simulation environment in all of Tennessee.


Space: 45,000 ft sq. building with 3 floors of various simulated healthcare environments

Overview: The driving force behind the center was Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at UTHSC, to whom the lobby was dedicated. Brown has helped guide a number of recent capital projects at the Memphis campus that are either completed, underway or planned. They include the $20 million Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems, a $70 million renovation of post-World War II buildings in the quadrangle and a $50 million expansion of the dentistry college. Brown said state officials have been willing to fund facilities such as CHIPS because there “was such a dire need” for upgrades at UTHSC, which has more than 3,000 students statewide and educates roughly 80 percent of Tennessee’s health-care workers. The center has $6 million worth of simulation equipment. There are stations, each costing about $100,000, where students conduct simulated robotic surgery, laparoscopy and endoscopy procedures, ultrasounds, heart catheterization and other operations. So real is the simulation that when students make cuts at the stations, they see bleeding on the monitor screen. The manikins used in the different types of simulations include high-fidelity models costing $70,000 to $80,000 apiece that “breathe” with contracting and expanding chests. They also have pulses and eyes that open and close.An even higher-fidelity manikin, costing $220,000, exhales carbon dioxide, has a tongue that swells, eyes that dilate in response to light, and it responds physiologically to medicine. Pinch its nostrils and cover its mouth, and the manikin “dies.”CHIPS also includes lecture areas and debriefing rooms, where students and faculty can review video showing how they performed. There are darkened control rooms where faculty members can monitor students.

  • Floor 1: 2 large bed labs, 12 beds each, practice procedures. Dedicated room for virtual simulations for laproscopic and colonoscopy procedures for students to practice, as well as a Simulated home environment for therapy and assessment practice by students
  • Floor 2: Acute Care spaces mirroring a hospital, with labor and delivery rooms as well as operating rooms, debriefing and classrooms for post-simulation reviews
  • Floor 3: Simulated Pharmacy mirroring a Walgreens or Kroger Pharmacy, allowing students to compound drugs, 24 exam rooms for patient interaction to practice assessments and treatments for specific clinical conditions