The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation (CESEI) is a division of the UBC Department of Surgery in Vancouver General Hospital. We are a multidisciplinary and inter-professional simulation center, committed to achieving excellence in medical education, healthcare delivery, and research through simulation and innovative technical solutions. CESEI is one of the first simulation centres of its kind to achieve accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons. We strive to provide the best simulation, education, and technical services to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, and all other partners and collaborators.

Currently, CESEI occupies around 10,000 square feet of learning and teaching space for a wide range of education and simulation programs. Jointly funded by UBC, VCH, and third party sponsors, it was establishing in 2003 and is in the process of another expansion and relocation to be completed around summer of 2018. Please click on the tabs below for additional details and information.


We have a wide range of programs for undergraduate, postgraduate, nursing education, CME, CPD, and staff. Some our our programs include:


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Anesthesiology Simulation Program for students and residents
  • Basic Suturing Techniques for students and residents
  • Cadaver Programs for residents and physicians
  • Canadian Military CFTTC(W) Simulation Program
  • Continuing Medical Education Programs
  • Continuing Professional Development Programs
  • Dentistry Simulation for residents
  • Emergency Medicine Simulation for students and residents
  • Family Practice training program
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support Course (FCCS)
  • Internal Medicine Simulation for residents
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Perioperative Nursing Program
  • Physiotherapy Simulation for students and staff
  • Rounds – General Surgery City Wide Rounds
  • Rounds – General Surgery M & M Rounds
  • Simulation Fellowship Program
  • Surgery training for students and residents
  • Surgical Foundations, Surgical Crash Course, and Surgical Disaster Management Course


  • Airway Trainers
  • Blue Phantom ultrasound trainer
  • Cadaver specimens
  • Central Line task trainers
  • FLS Surgical Trainers
  • GI Mentor
  • Harvey Cardiopulmonary Simulator
  • Laerdal IV Torso
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Towers
  • Lumbar Puncture simulator
  • Patient Simulator – CAE Apollo (2)
  • Patient Simulator – CAE Emergency Care Simulator (3)
  • Patient Simulator – CAE Human Patient Simulator
  • Patient Simulator – CAE METIMan (2)
  • Patient Simulator – Laerdal SimMan 3G
  • Patient Simulator – Laerdal SimMan Classic (2)
  • Patient Simulator – Laerdal SimMan Essential
  • Mentice VIST Simulator
  • Mimic DaVinci Robotic Simulator
  • Real and simulated medical devices
  • SimuLab CentralLineMan
  • Simulab FemoralLineMan
  • Suturing Boxes
  • Urology Mentor


All of our facilities and learning spaces are multi-purpose rooms which can be re-configured to meet the exact requirements of each conference, course, event, meeting, and program.

  • Wet Lab (for simulation and cadaver labs) | Capacity: 40 people
  • Lecture Theatre with full AV capability | Capacity: 40 people
  • Computer Lab / Surgical Skills Lab | Capacity: 25 people
  • High Fidelity Human Patient Simulator in an operating room | Capacity: 10 people
  • 5 Multi-purpose Breakout Rooms / Simulation Rooms | Capacity: 10 people
  • 1 Large Multi-purpose Break Room / Simulation Room | Capacity: 25 people

Target Audience

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Fellows
  • Nursing Education
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Health Authority staff
  • University staff

Conduct and Safety

  • No food or drink the simulation lab except in designated catering areas.
  • Clean up after your own spills
  • Please cancel your bookings if you don’t plan on using your booked times
  • Please be punctual for your scheduled simulation sessions, meetings, and events
  • Please report any equipment damage to staff
  • Please do not make any marks on the patient simulators. If you perform any mannikin moulage, please remove it afterwards.
  • Please treat the equipment with respect.