FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Clinical Simulation Program is celebrating a milestone of 10 years.

The program has been instrumental in providing state-of-the-art learning experiences in Fort St. John, Prince George, Quesnel, and Terrace since 2011.

Students, nurses, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals are able to work with human patient simulations, or interactive training mannequins, as well as other types of technology, to help hone their skills during various treatment scenarios.

“It’s an impressive ten years with the Northern Clinical Simulation Program, and we have seen excellent learning opportunities coming out of it over those years,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

“People living in the north, particularly during the pandemic, have benefitted from the expertise and learning provided through the program, allowing health professionals to practice their skills safely with the human patient simulator. This is an innovation that continues to position B.C. as leaders in the health system.”

The 10-year milestone is credited to the commitment of the ongoing partnership between Northern Health, UBC’s Northern Medical Program, the College of New Caledonia, and the School of Nursing at UNBC.

“This ongoing partnership continues to support Northern Health’s organization values of collaboration and innovation,” said Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health President and CEO.

“It demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality services through fostering a safe, realistic learning environment for physicians, staff, and academic partners.”

Recently the program played a major role in preparing NH staff with the COVID-19 response, which included airway management of patients with COVID-19, cardiac arrest management for COVID-19 patients, transferring patients via the COVID Response Transfer Team, and preparing paramedics for COVID-19.

“I am very proud to have worked with the various teams and partners that helped make this milestone possible,” says Michael Lundin, Regional Manager, Clinical Simulation Education.

“I look forward to supporting the program’s future developments to improve and support health care in the North.”

More information on the program can be found on Northern Health’s website.