Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation

RCCSS Mission

Create a comprehensive educational healthcare simulation program with a focus on inter-professional healthcare teams as well as on individual practitioners:

  • Serving a variety of disciplines  
  • Benefiting learners of all skill levels
  • Defining and measuring competencies
  • Enhancing patient and practitioner safety and improving outcomes
  • Advancing the science of simulation in healthcare

RCCSS Vision

Offer a world-class simulation program that promotes sharing of clinical knowledge and skills, in addition to innovation and education, across disciplines and practitioner populations to improve the quality and safety of patient care in the Illinois Medical District and beyond. The array and quality of services provided in the RCCSS will support fulfillment of accreditation criteria for the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

The best way to learn is by doing. But in medicine, a novice can’t simply jump into a complex case. The Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation bridges that gap by offering students, residents, fellows and clinicians state-of-the art simulators, including high-fidelity manikins that breathe, bleed and otherwise simulate just about everything a real human patient would do.

As an Accredited Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), The Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation (RCCSS) offers external partnership opportunities to those interested in developing programs and courses. Current active partners include: Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, Advanced Trauma Training Program (ATTP), Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) and Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA).

If you are interested in scheduling a simulation program or partnership opportunities, please click on the “schedule a session” link above.


The Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation is presenting a Simulation and Procedural Bootcamp for Emergency Medicine Clinicians on May 18-20, June 29-July 1, and August 17-19. This unique extensive hands-on training bootcamp will be facilitated by the renowned Dr. Michelle Sergel, FACEP, Co-Director, Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation and Director of the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Simulation Center. This course is perfect for the advanced practice clinicians (physician assistants and nurse practitioners) and physicians that are practicing in the emergency medicine environment.

Credits Offered:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit - 20.00
  • CE - 20.00

**COVID 19 Re-entry**   RCCSS reentry guidelines.6.12.20.pdf

Our simulation center gives trainees and clinicians from across multiple disciplines one place to hone their skills, practice crisis management and conduct research on a wide array of medical circumstances, from the everyday to the rare.

Training takes place in procedure rooms that replicate the real facilities in Rush’s hospital building and utilizes human patient simulators that replicate patient signs, symptoms and conditions. A control room allows faculty to observe the details of the training scenario unfold.

Training sessions are digitally recorded, allowing students to review video of their work in nearby debriefing rooms or to have their work evaluated by others.

Take a look inside the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation

The facility was established in 2002 through the direction of founding members David M. Rothenberg, MD, and Margaret Faut-Callahan, PhD, and a generous bequest from the estate of Alverin M. Cornell. New technology is added regularly. Rush University is also a member of the Chicago Simulation Consortium.

We are here to serve your training needs. Learn about our facilities and equipment and book a training today.