Amarillo's $9.8M SiMCentral development to train med studentsAmarillo's $9.8M SiMCentral development to train med studentshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=145922016-09-22T05:00:00Z2016-09-22T21:00:00Z

AMARILLO - Construction is now underway for a new 20,000-sf SiMCentral—a simulation center to train medical students in Amarillo. 

Ground broke on Sept. 19 for the center which will provide students from Texas Tech, Amarillo College, and West Texas A&M with simulation mannequin training before they work with real patients.

By fall 2017, close to 400 students are expected to be enrolled to practice in the facility. 

This $9.75 million center is to be built near Amarillo's Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and is a joint project between the three schools.

The schools will work together to maintain the facility and also bring in simulators that are close to $80,000 each.

The center will provide more space for training, with eight simulation rooms, 12 clinical exam rooms, and a surgery suite.

"So, these simulators will blink their eyes and we can talk through the mannequins so we can interact with the students," said John Smoot, SiMCentral Senior Director. "They also make organ sounds, they have heart beats and their chest rise and fall so students can work is a realistic environment."

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