Simulation Center Clinical Reasoning

Developed in 2007, the Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills at Des Moines University gives students and residents exceptional opportunities to experience clinical scenarios and learn procedures and evidence-based practices in diagnostics, work-up and treatment – before they treat actual patients. Users have access to medical mannequins, cutting-edge technology and trained simulated patients, all with the supervision, guidance and feedback of outstanding faculty and experienced medical professionals.

This offering does not only benefit the students and residents! With the exposure to immersive simulated medical scenarios, faculty and professionals are able to reinforce what they learned in their education and clinical practice. They are also able to learn from students directly as they ask questions and become involved with bedside care, problem-solving and adaptability. This experience gives professionals the opportunity to demonstrate and apply knowledge of accepted standards of clinical medicine, enhance leadership and communication skills, advocate for patient welfare and adherence to ethical principles, and integrate evidence-based medicine into patient care.

The Iowa Simulation Center is part of Des Moines University’s commitment to providing experiential learning opportunities for professionals and students alike.

Technician in the simlab


To develop skills and knowledge for clinical reasoning, including:

  • Appropriate history and physical examination
  • Establishing and testing a differential diagnosis
  • Appropriate use of laboratory testing, imaging methods, and other clinical testing
  • Therapeutic decision-making


The student will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate history taking and interviewing skills
  • Perform a well-organized physical examination appropriate for the patient's chief complaint or needs
  • Select the appropriate diagnostic equipment necessary to complete an examination and use the equipment correctly
  • Document and/or present a focused history and physical examination in an organized fashion according to a standardized format
  • Synthesize historical and physical data in order to develop a problem list or differential diagnosis
  • Order appropriate labs and ancillary studies in a fiscally responsible manner – using evidence based practices
  • Initiate an evidence based management plan for specific patient problems
  • Demonstrate communication skills with the patient, families, and other members of the health care team
  • Discuss the importance of interprofessional teams and working knowledge of each member’s skill set
  • Assess patient’s medical status and need for rapid assessment
  • Assess personal and team base strengths and weaknesses through self-evaluation
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.00 AOA Category 1­A
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Continuing Education Credit

DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AOA Category 1-A credit and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 14.00 AOA Category 1­A


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