Student Faculty Patient Simulator

STAR Center

About Us

The STAR Center was created as a dedicated space where clinical skills could be taught and assessed in an environment that utilizes state of the art technology. The STAR Center provides a valuable resource to serve the medical education needs of MCW students and the extended healthcare provider community.

STAR Center Mission

Our mission is to serve the Medical College of Wisconsin's education mission by providing facilities and expertise in simulation education by assisting healthcare professionals and institutions, training programs and industry.

STAR Center Vision

Our vision is to improve healthcare through simulation-based medical education

STAR Center Staff

Jose Franco, MD, FACP, AGAF

STAR Center Director; Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Associate Dean of Educational Improvement

jfranco@mcw.edu

Judy Radtke, MS

Operations Manager

jradtke@mcw.edu

(414) 955-4646

Debra Amos

Standardized Patient Program Coordinator

damos@mcw.edu

(414) 955-4587

Amy Kjaer

Sr. Administrative Assistant

akjaer@mcw.edu

(414) 955-4645

Eric B. Griswold

Simulation Engineer

egriswold@mcw.edu

(414) 955-4627

Carrie Czech

Simulation Specialist

cczech@mcw.edu

(414) 955-4639

Andy Holst

Simulation Specialist

aholst@mcw.edu

(414) 955-4635

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are our current users?
Our current users include both internal and external students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff.

What types of usage are there?
We are able to host CME course work, disaster training sessions, patient safety training, medical error prevention training or remediation, healthcare training across disciplines, team rapid response simulations and more. Please feel free to contact our staff in the event that you would like to discuss creating an event. Our staff is very knowledgeable in development and organization of events and they are always willing to assist as requested.

What are the different types of Simulations?
The different types of simulation that we have here in the STAR Center include high-fidelity physiological mannequins, Virtual Reality simulators, birthing simulators, heart and lung sound simulators, and various task trainers. Please see a complete list of simulators and task trainers available in the STAR Center on our Resources page.

What are the different types of Simulators and Task Trainers?
To see a complete list of STAR Center simulators and task trainers we have available, please reference our Resources page.

What's a Standardized Patient?
A Standardized Patient is a person that portrays a realistic case for the medical students to interact with as if they were in an actual practicing medical situation. This helps the student practice their history taking, physical exam, and communication skills. Please reference our Standardized Patient Program page.

Maps & Directions to the STAR Center

From Froedtert/Children’s

  • From Froedtert go through Children’s Hospital.
  • A connector hallway leads from Children’s Hospital 2nd floor through the MACC building to 3rd floor of the Medical Education Building (MEB). The hallway enters the
  • MEB near the library.
  • Turn left.
  • Take the stairs down one floor (to the 2nd floor). Turn left upon exiting the stairwell.
  • Turn right at the intersection of the student lounge.
  • Turn left at the next intersection. The main entrance to the STAR Center is on your left, #M2870.

Directions for an elevator:

  • From Froedtert go through Children’s Hospital.
  • A connector hallway leads from Children’s Hospital 2nd floor through the MACC building to 3rd floor of the Medical Education Building (MEB). The hallway enters the MEB near the library.
  • Turn left and walk to the next intersection.
  • Turn left again and go past the restrooms and the lounge area.
  • Elevators will be on your left. Go to the 2nd floor.
  • When you leave the elevator, turn right and walk through the student lounge area.
  • Turn left at the intersection. The main entrance to the STAR Center is on your left, #M2870.

From Off-Campus

  • Enter MCW main building from either the main front entrance or the entrance on the north side.
  • Once in the building, follow the hallway that is to the right of the main lobby Information Desk.
  • Walk past the bookstore to the staircase on your right.
  • Go to the 2nd floor and turn right.
  • Turn right at the next intersection.
  • The main entrance to the STAR Center is on your left, #M2870.

Directions for an elevator:

  • Enter MCW main building from either the main front entrance or the entrance on the north side.
  • Take the elevator in the main lobby to the 2nd floor.
  • Exit the elevator to the left and then turn right down the hallway.
  • Turn right at the next intersection and continue past the student lounge area.
  • The main entrance to the STAR Center is on your left, #M2870.