Simulators Housed at the College of Medicine Learning Center

The College of Medicine offers advanced simulation training as a part of our curriculum. We use a combination of advanced skills trainers, clinical patient models and Standardized Patient scenarios to prepare our students for their medical practice. Our overall goals are to improve the quality of medical education and expand the limits of education technology.

The College of Medicine Learning Center (COMLC) has eleven patient encounter rooms and a forty-four seat computer training lab. 

The patient encounter rooms are equipped as standard patient exam rooms found in many clinics and physician offices. Each patient encounter room also has video recording capability.  The video system is centrally controlled for each equipped room, recorded locally, or exported to DVD format for later review of student performance for preceptors and students.  Recordings have also been used to instruct students in remediation.  These rooms are best used for Standardized Patient encounters and the skill simulator trainers.

The computer lab is equipped with forty-four workstations which can be customized to install client’s software or connect to internet resources. To facilitate lectures, a sixty inch flat panel display is available for presentations and video review. Presenters and students also have the option to bring their own laptops and connect to the video display or internet though the COMLC’s wireless network.

COMLC houses the following simulators to meet the testing needs of UK’s faculty and students. 

For inquiries about any of these simulators located at the College of Medicine Learning Center, please contact Scott Pappas at or 859-323-3580.

Mr. K and Lung Sound Auscultation Training (LSAT) Simulators

"Mr. K Simulator" is a virtual cardiology patient for clinical training. "Mr. K Simulator" facilitates medical training of bedside clinical skills and ensures quality training in auscultation of heart sound and murmurs. "Mr. K Simulator" uses sounds that are recorded from real patients and represented through a high-quality, internal or external sound system. A student can use his or her own stethoscope which is critical for realism in training. Simulator "K" contains 88 cases; 12 cases of normal heart sounds, 14 cases of heart disease simulations, ten cases of arrhythmia simulations and 52 cases of ECG arrhythmia simulations. Mr. K is currently used by all students from the 5 Health Care Colleges at the University of Kentucky.

Mr. K Simulator

The Lung Sound Auscultation Training (LSAT) is a simulator for lung sound auscultation training. Lung sound auscultation is one of the essential steps in chest examination. Our students gain three areas of expertise listening to the sounds of a patient's chest: proper use of the stethoscope; having a clear understanding of sound variations; and being able to describe these sounds clearly to others. In addition, since diagnosis requires relations between sounds and auscultation sites, the LSAT trainer provides students the opportunity to learn on a realistic human torso, learning not only to distinguish the sounds and their location, but also to comprehensively understand what diseases they indicate.

Joe Gatton trains an SP on the LSAT trainer prior to a Clinical Performance Examination.

Nasogastric Tube and Trachea Care Simulator

"NG Tube and Trachea Care Simulator" is designed for instruction in the care of patients with respiratory conditions and the practice of gastrointestinal care procedures via nasal and oral access. The correct placement of NG tubes is critical to proper patient care. The College of Medicine NG simulator includes: Head features anatomical landmarks, trachea, esophagus, simulated lungs and stomach.  Lungs and stomach may be filled with fluid for realistic practice of many procedures such as: Tracheostomy care; Tracheal suctioning; NG tube insertion and removal; NG tube irrigation, instillation, and monitoring; Feeding tube insertion and removal; Gastric lavage and gavage; Nasoenteric and esophageal tube insertion, care and removal; Oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal insertion and suctioning; Insertion, securing, and care of endotracheal tubes.


NG Tube and Trachea Care Simulator


Advanced Catheterization Trainer

The Advanced Catheterization Trainer facilitates the teaching of urethral and supra-pubic catheterization and may also be used to demonstrate self-catheterization to patients.  It has interchangeable, accurate male and female anatomy with both sets of genitalia including: realistic meatus; flaccid penis; and replaceable foreskin for males and: partible labia with realistic urethral meatus; and vaginal opening for females. The feel of the catheter passing along the urethra into the bladder corresponds closely to real life.  Procedures that can be practiced realistically include: Correct handling of male and female anatomy; Aseptic catheterization technique; Catheter placement: accepts catheters from 14-16 French (male) and 12-16 French (female); Intermittent self-catheterization (ISC).

For inquiries about any of these simulators located at the College of Medicine Learning Center, please contact Scott Pappas at or 859-323-3580.

Other Simulators at UK

For a list of simulators available through the UK HealthCare Enterprise Department of Quality and Safety located at the A. B. Chandler Medical Center, click on the link below.

UK HealthCare Enterprise Department of Quality and Safety Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills

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