The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation (CESEI) at Vancouver Coastal Health is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary academic centre committed to achieving excellence in medical education and research related to educational technology. Some of our highlights include:

  • Accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons as an Accredited Education Institute
  • A wet simulation lab for cadaver programs and for mass casualty simulation programs
  • A computer lab for online exams and online learning opportunities
  • Expansion and Re-locatiion in Summer of 2018

Conduct and Safety

  • No food or drink the simulation lab except in designated catering areas
  • 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 report any injuries to staff
  • Please treat all equipment and resources with respect


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


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


  • 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

Target Audience


  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Canadian Military
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Health Authority
  • Nursing Education
  • Simulation Fellows
  • University of British Columbia