The Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC) is located inside the Health Sciences Innovation Building on the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) campus. ASTEC is a 30,000 sq. ft. facility that provides interprofessional learning opportunities in a high-tech, realistically simulated environment. ASTEC engages learners at all levels of healthcare education utilizing high-fidelity simulation technology with innovative methods of experiential learning theory. The facility is equipped with a 6,000 sq. ft. Sim Deck that includes six patient rooms, three of which can be converted to any type of hospital environment and three that represent an operating room, intensive care unit, and labor and delivery suite, each equipped with hospital-grade gases. These rooms, along with a simulated pharmacy, surround a 3,000 sq. ft., two-story multipurpose area that can be utilized for any large-scale training event, including a variety of procedural-based training stations. This area also includes a thirty-foot projector-based wide area virtual environment and a professional sound and light stage. A centralized control room operates the entire floor including the operation of all human patient simulators and the audio-visual controls for the learner management system. Also included on the floor is a synthetic cadaver and 3D immersive anatomy lab, two debriefing rooms and a large flexible classroom.
The remaining areas of ASTEC include a 2,000 sq. ft. workshop that operates as an innovation space for simulation technology development. This space includes fully equipped casting and molding technologies, high-end 3D printing/scanning for patient specific anatomic models, and rapid prototyping of procedural models for training events. It is also equipped with space for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies, motion analysis studies, and electrical and mechanical engineering needs including the testing and design of optic technologies. Adjacent to the workshop is a separate wet and dry research lab that can be designated for specific research projects, especially those that require greater privacy and/or minimal distractions. These innovation areas will complement the greater simulation center’s educational and research mission for use with both internal and external collaborations.