COVID-19 Scheduling FAQs:

Q: The College of Medicine MSC Sim Lab deadline is June 15, is that the same for rooms and events in the DGC?
A: While this holds true for the Sorrell Simulation Lab, it differs for the Davis Global Center with Interprofessional and Experiential Learning and Visualization being the top priorities.

Q: Can students practice for their green sheets in Sorrell (two students in a room at a time)?
A: This is on hold until we understand more about the transmission of COVID-19 and receive the “all clear” from our resident experts.

Q: Can residents/faculty practice on the VR equipment (i.e. US Mentor, BodyWorks Eve) during this time?
A: We believe this is a temporary situation, but at this point in time it is not considered safe due to adequate cleaning of the equipment. We will re-evaluate this again in 2 weeks.

What is iEXCEL℠? What does it stand for?  

iEXCEL is a transformative program creating a new model for healthcare education, training and research. iEXCEL stands for the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning.

Who benefits from iEXCEL?  
  • Ultimately, patients benefit because learners hone their skills – both individually and as teams – before treating real patients.
  • Students, having grown up in a digital world, will be more engaged in active, technology-driven learning.
  • Existing health care professionals reap continuing education and statewide training opportunities.
  • Faculty will enhance their content delivery, be able to partner with industry and perform research with the newest tools and techniques.
  • Industry is attracted to what iEXCEL can offer for testing, training and collaborating.
What is the Davis Global Center?  

UNMC’s Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center (Davis Global Center) is the headquarters for the iEXCEL program. The Davis Global Center is a highly-advanced simulation facility planned for the southeast corner of 42nd and Emile Streets, and is purposefully sited proximal to the hospital, colleges and clinics.

The facility will feature advanced clinical simulation equipment, and surgical skills and virtual immersive reality environments for both individual and interprofessional learning. In addition, tele-education, telepresence and telehealth networking capabilities will be available. Interdisciplinary interaction will take place in collaborative spaces designed to enhance R&D for new learning tools and techniques.

How will iEXCEL serve the state and beyond?  

iEXCEL, in conjunction with the Davis Global Center, enables UNMC to centralize state-of-the-art learning technologies and serve as a statewide resource for UNMC campuses in Lincoln, Kearney, Norfolk and Scottsbluff as well as other health care partners. 

SIM-NE is the branch of iEXCEL providing statewide outreach through its mobile simulation trucks. These vehicles bring valuable hands-on training opportunities to health care professionals throughout the state. Thus far, the program has provided more than 200 trainings to nearly 5,000 health care professionals in almost every county of Nebraska. 

What is the iEXCEL Visualization Hub? The Sorrell Simulation Lab?  

The iEXCEL Visualization Hub, located in the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education (MSC 1012),is a prototype created to encourage the early adoption and exploration of visualization technologies prior to the opening of the Davis Global Center in late 2018.

Adjacent to the VizHub, the Sorrell Clinical Simulation Lab is also being used as a prototype space for iEXCEL's growing simulation offerings. It features an operating room, two high-fidelity simulation rooms, a simulation control room and 16 exam rooms to provide high-quality training.

What is simulation? Simulators?  

According to David Gaba in his article *"The Future Vision of Simulation in Healthcare" simulation is a technique -- not a technology -- to replace or amplify patient experiences with guided experiences, artificially contrived, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive manner.

*"The Future Vision of Simulation in Healthcare," Qual Saf Health Care 2004: 13(Suppl 1):i2-i10

Simulators offer the opportunity to work with training models that can react in realistic ways to the learner's treatments and/or interventions. They provide the learners with an immersive, hands-on experience. The high-fidelity mannequin replicates authentic patient issues in a safe, non-threatening environment for students. The mannequin can provide a standard representation of a condition consistently for students to repeat a treatment or intervention numerous times to build student skill and confidence.

How do I schedule an event, visit or tour?  

Please click on the link for the corresponding location and fill out the form provided. This will help us to provide a well prepared and unique experience for all participants:

Clinical Simulation

Visualization Hub