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Health Sciences North Simulation Laboratory  

Welcome to the HSN Simulation Laboratory. Accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2019, and established in 2012, our vision is to be globally recognized for patient centred innovation. We strive to improve the health of Northern Ontario residents, by working with our partners to advance quality care, education, research and health promotion. At the Simulation Laboratory we use inter-professional medical simulation, allowing learners to apply critical thinking, technical and interpersonal skills in a safe and supportive learning environment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and promoting a culture of reflective multidisciplinary practice.   

The Simulation Laboratory hosts over 220 events each year, and engages over 2,700 learners every year, promoting high-quality educational activities across all health professions including nursing, respiratory therapy, paramedicine, physicians and other allied health practitioners. Through collaboration with our academic and community partners we are fostering the future of healthcare in Northern Ontario and providing an environment for patient, and learner-safe education. Beginning with ensuring high-quality educators and a first-rate environment for learning, the HSN Simulation Laboratory has created the foundation for establishing a culture of patient safety, reflective team practice and patient-centred innovation.   

We look forward to continued successes in training invasive procedures, team work, crisis resource management, and multidisciplinary collaboration toward a sustainable, safer health care system. 


To create a culture of quality improvement and patient safety across Northern Ontario by providing and fostering innovative, collaborative simulation based education for all health care providers.  


HSN Simulation Laboratory provides unique, realistic, simulated learning events that transform participants by opening doors to new skills and creating high performing teams, clinical teachers and leaders to enhance the quality of patient care. Students, residents, practicing clinicians, faculty and simulation lab staff work collaboratively in an engaging, supportive environment that brings out the best in everyone. Continuous attention to quality improvement and scholarship supports innovation and efficiency. 

HSN's Simulation labs learning contract

We believe that everyone participating at the HSN Simulation Laboratory is intelligent, motivated, cares about doing their best, and wants to improve. 

Learn more by reading the Labelle Innovation and Learning Centre Annual Report.


High fidelity simulation suites 

Each High Fidelity simulation suite offers flexible set-up options to meet your teaching needs. 
Each suite has: 

  • A designed control room 
  • An integrated audio-visual recording system 
  • A microphone system allowing wireless communication between the operator and specific individuals involved in the simulation session  

Debriefing rooms 

Each Debriefing Room have the ability to view live simulation sessions or playback recorded sessions from any High Fidelity Simulation Suites. These rooms can also be set-up as classrooms or skills rooms for smaller groups. 
Each debriefing room has: 

  • An integrated audio-video recording system 
  • A large screen LCD display used for video playback and presentations 
  • Tables & chairs 

Large conference room 

The conference room can seat up to 40+ people. This large room has a number of tables and chairs that can be reconfigured to accommodate multiple teaching needs. 
Conference room has: 

  • An integrated audio-video recording system 
  • A large LCD screen display used for video playback and presentations 
  • A projector & screen 
  • Teleconference capabilities 

Multipurpose skills lab 

The Multipurpose Skills lab offers flexible setup options allowing users to practice a wide range of medical and surgical skills. 
Multipurpose skills lab has: 

  • An integrated audio-video recording system 
  • A large LCD screen display used for video playback 
  • Three mobile skills tables with adjustable height 

**With all mobile equipment, the Simulation Lab provides flexible set-up options for all of its teaching facilities** 



The HSN Simulation Laboratory supports high quality, multidisciplinary and innovative research that strives to advance clinical competencies and safety through the integration of simulation in research. Past research and scholarly activity has addressed the following themes: 

  • Clinical skill development and assessment 
  • Crisis resource management training 
  • Supporting inter-professional education collaborations 
  • Supporting interdisciplinary teams within rural Northern Ontario hospitals 
  • Support for compassionate and effective end of life discussions 

 If collaboration with the HSN Simulation Laboratory for your research and scholarly activity endeavours is of interest to you or your institution, please contact us at   


Simulation education courses

Getting Started at the Simulation Lab

Simulation fundamentals courses

The Simulation Fundamentals courses provide an introduction to those who want to involve simulation in their education programs, but are unsure where to get started.

With our Simulation Educators, you can learn about various simulation methods, creating learning objectives, creating sustainable programming with simulation, case scenario writing, and having an impactful debriefing session.

With our Simulation Technicians, you can learn about the roles and responsibilities of faculty and Simulation staff, the functionality and operation of our manikins, and the myriad of options for task trainers to enhance skill development.

Each of these courses is typically one to two hours in length, and can be scheduled as a group, or individually. All instructional material is provided.

Enhancing your simulation-based education skills

Moulage courses

Our moulage courses give you the opportunity to learn the basics of different skin effect processes (e.g. wounds, rashes, traumas, abrasions, etc.). These hands-on workshops will showcase amazing materials and methods for bringing higher fidelity to your educational event. In Moulage 2.0, instruction includes using molds to create your own reusable pieces for future simulation sessions. You will gain a new dimension of fun and creativity that will inspire.

These courses are typically four hours in length, and are scheduled as a group. All instructional material is provided.

Intermediate and advanced courses

Already have previous experience in simulation-based education? Want to take your simulation program to the next level? Our intermediate and advanced courses are for you!

These courses go in-depth on how to structure your simulation programming to meet the needs of your learners. The courses provide detailed, evidence-based instructions on the development of needs assessments, learning objectives, case scenarios, and program evaluations. We can further build upon your debriefing skills in meaningful ways to optimize the debrief sessions.

Courses are typically three to eight hours in length. Our half-day courses can be scheduled as a group or individually. Full day courses are scheduled as a group. All instructional material is provided.

Contact the lab

Please contact our Simulation Educators at or at 705-523-7100 x 1023.

We will provide you with course descriptions for the courses you requested and answer any questions or concerns.


Create a booking

Once you determine the best course, and have all your questions and concerns answered, our Administrative Assistant will provide you with access to our Sim Calendar to book your course date. Any questions related to booking should be submitted to

After you submit your booking request, you will receive email confirmation of your date, time, and location for the course. You will also receive additional information about expectations and instructional material prior to the course date.

Courses offered

  • Education fundamentals
  • Intro to simulation
  • Intro to case writing
  • Intro to debriefing
  • Simulation roles and responsibilities
  • Manikin fundamentals
  • Task trainers 101

**registration fee may apply**


  • Moulage 1.0
  • Moulage 2.0
  • Developing a needs assessment
  • Building measurable learning objectives
  • Intermediate debriefing
  • Intermediate case writing
  • Developing your program evaluation
  • Advanced debriefing
  • Advanced case writing

**registration fee may apply**


Video gallery

Teaching resources


The HSN Simulation Lab Receives Accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 

At the 2019 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Simulation Summit, the Labelle Innovation and Learning Centre was recognized as a fully accredited simulation program.  This status recognizes our program as leaders in simulation and part of a national cadre of clinical educators with expertise in CanMEDs, interprofessional education, scholarship, patient safety and professional development.  It recognizes all the hard work of the educators that work for and with the HSN Simulation Lab and empowers continued growth toward excellence in education.  

In addition to being part of the national simulation collaboration, this status allows the HSN simulation program to self-accredit simulation programs with Royal College MOC credits, apply for awards such as the John Wade Professorship, and be a preferred site for several training programs such as the Simulation Educator Training (SET) course.  Special thanks to all who were involved in this in depth quality improvement initiative! 

For more information on what an accredited Simulation Lab can do for your team contact or

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Contact Us

HSN Simulation Lab 

Health Sciences North
Ramsey Lake Health Centre 
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-523-7100 ext. 3903