The mission of the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA) is to provide an educationally rich environment for training healthcare professionals to practice safe, effective and compassionate clinical care. CELA is dedicated to the use of simulations to fulfill its mission. It is informed by the best practices of teaching and clinical practice and grounded in theory-based research. Integral to this mission, CELA will conduct rigorous research that extends our knowledge and practice of experiential learning and assessment by simulations.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is committed to developing and disseminating processes and tools that will facilitate the appropriate generation, learning, and application of medical knowledge, skills and attitudes to improve clinical competence.
Effective clinical education will increasingly require innovative approaches and greater collaboration with the wider community. Patient safety, the reduction of medical error, and enhancement of healthcare quality have become major public policy issues. Simulation is a proven and effective tool for training, performance evaluation and research.
Vanderbilt has made a major commitment to simulation training.