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Ruth L. Gottesman Clinical Skills Center / Montefiore-Einstein Center for Innovation in Simulation

Ruth L. Gottesman Clinical Skills Center - Overview and Services 

Completed in the fall of 2009, the Clinical Skills Center (CSC) was designed to meet the educational needs of Einstein’s medical school students as a resource for the teaching and assessment of clinical skills. Throughout their education, physicians-in-training need a safe and supportive environment to learn, practice, and receive feedback on the clinical skills that are essential to the practice of medicine.


The CSC serves as home for Einstein’s Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) program, the Clinical Skills Assessment program and administrative office for the Patients Doctors and Communities (PDC) course. Clinical faculty and administrative personnel support academic programs and facility operations. The CSC offers faculty, students and colleagues the use of 23 clinical examination rooms, a conference room, classroom, patient lounge and reception area spread out over two wings and 23,000sq ft. We are located on the second floor of the Van Etten Building, formerly known as the Van Etten Hospital (campus map).


Clinical examination rooms are equipped with a dry erase board, desktop computer, an outpatient exam bed, three massage tables, examination cart, and four wall mounted oto/ophthalmoscopes and aneroid blood pressure monitors. Most rooms include sinks and a single person lavatory with additional bathroom facilities on both of the two wings. Of the 23 examination rooms, 10 are equipped with video cameras and microphones, which can be used for digitally recorded patient encounters. The CSC uses B-Line software for its digital recording and assessment management. Recordings are accessible for students and faculty through our secured network. Faculty has the ability to observe patient encounters in real time from within our Control Room or directly outside an examination room via one-way mirrored glass panels and wireless headsets connected to our audio system. Clinical examination rooms are also utilized for use for both workshop sessions, small group teaching and discussion groups of 20-25 people.


The Beren Conference Room and Albrecht Classroom both include desktop computers, A/V projection units and amplified sound systems. Room capacity can be increased with special requests for room set-up, but typically accommodate 30 people in Beren and 35 in Albrecht. Additional information about some of our academic programs can be found on Einstein's Office of Medical Education website.


CSC Administration

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Director: Felise Milan, M.D.

Director of Operations & Educational Programming: Patrick D. Herron, DBe

CSC Administrative Assistant: Donna Mahoney

1300 Morris Park Avenue

2A-30 Van Etten Building

Bronx, NY 10461


Monday-Friday (9:00am-5:00pm)

Evenings and weekends (pending availability)

Montefiore-Einstein Center for Innovation in Simulation - Overview and Services 

Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have leveraged their longstanding partnerships to create one of the most advanced medical training simulation centers in the world. The Montefiore Einstein Center for Innovation in Simulation (MECIS) features sophisticated, state-of-the-art simulation technologies that are on the cutting edge of medical education and research. MECIS is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary training environment which strengthens learning and training procedures for healthcare professionals at all stages of their careers, ultimately leading to improved patient safety and reduced medical errors.


MECIS uses highly advanced simulation technology – including life-size low[1], mid[2] to high[3] fidelity mannequins alongside virtual reality technology(haptic devices)[4] – to mimic clinical events in a way that is not possible with standardized patients[5] or other training tools. Simulation technology uses computer programming that replicates real-life situations for hands-on inter-professional and multi-institutional team training preparing teams and individuals to effectively manage critical scenarios, manage skill decay, develop new skills or procedures, improvement of team communication or testing competencies all in efforts to reduce medical errors while promoting patient safety.  More information can be found on the MECIS website.


 [1] Low-Fidelity Manikin(Task Trainers) - clinical task trainer capable of a small number of specific tasks or procedures, such as an IV-arm or a CPR manikin

 [2] Mid-Fidelity Manikin - usually a full-body simulated patient but with minimal computer components

 [3] High-Fidelity Manikin - incorporates the latest in computer hardware technology, is commonly wireless and can be programmed to provide for a very realistic full-body patient presentation

 [4] Virtual Reality- provides three-dimensional navigations, force feedback integrating a sense of touch

 [5] Standardized Patient (SP) - a person recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of a real patient


MECIS Administration

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Vice President & Chief Learning Officer: Gina Romero Hernandez

1300 Morris Park Avenue

Van Etten Building, 2nd floor, RM 216

Bronx, NY 10461


Monday-Friday (8:00am-5:00pm)

Evenings and weekends (pending availability)


Name Role Phone Email Location
Dr. Patrick D. Herron
CSC Director of Operations & Educational Programming
2A-26 Van Etten
Ms. Donna Mahoney
CSC Administrative Assistant
2A-30 Van Etten

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