Robots, Bones, and Silicone- Women in Medical Simulation are SIMply Amazing

Release Date: 
Friday, March 8, 2019

#WomenInMedicine, #WomenInScience, #WomenInTech, #WomenInSTEM- Women in medical simulation do it all.  The Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC) is a learning lab with an extensive team of female educators and researchers. 

If you don't think about life-sized robots, 3D printed bones, and silicone appendages when you hear, "medical simulation," the Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC) is here to change your opinion. 

Medical Simulation exists to educate and assess learners, grow healthcare research without the use of human or animal test subjects, and increase patient safety in healthcare environments.  These objectives are met through many means.  Patient simulators, sometimes called manikins, are designed to look like and physiologically respond like humans.  The patient simulators at ASTEC can breathe, sweat, vomit, and even give birth through a complex system of internal mechanics.  ASTEC also houses a maker space that utilizes 3D printing, casting and molding, engineering, and augmented/virtual reality to create tools and environments to aid in medical simulation education.    

Excellent female educators and researchers have been part of the ASTEC team since its opening day in 2005 as a 435 sq. ft. lab.  This year, ASTEC will be moving to a 30,000 sq. ft. location in the Health Sciences Innovation Building and will provide simulation training to all four colleges in the University of Arizona Health Sciences.  As the ASTEC footprint continues to grow, so does the team of core educators and researchers.  Click here to learn more about some of the #SIMplyAmazing women that are part of the ASTEC team.