Institute for Clinical Competence

In August 2004 the College of Osteopathic Medicine established the Institute for Clinical Competence (ICC). The ICC utilizes Standardized Patients, or SPs (lay people and actors), mannequin-based simulators and a staff trained in simulation and medical education and test development. We provide state of the art clinical learning and skills assessment of medical, nursing and health care students and hospital-based clinicians.

The ICC has two locations: NYIT's Old Westbury Campus and St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York.

At the ICC in Old Westbury, our medical students and residents practice clinical skills with SPs trained to simulate medical conditions, document student performance, assess interpersonal communication and provide feedback to learners at every level. Students and clinicians also learn to interact as a team through the ICC's mannequin-based simulator program. At the end of each year all medical students are evaluated on their clinical skills proficiency and team interaction through objective structured clinical examinations, or OSCEs.

ICC resources include: 14 fully-equipped SP exam rooms, four mannequins (CAE Healthcare / METI HPS®, iStan® and PediaSIM® and Laedal SimMan®). Exam rooms and mannequin training labs are equipped with a, EMS® digital video, data collection and program management system.

The ICC at St. Barnabas Hospital focuses on training and assessment of students on clinical rotation and hospital staff through SPs and mannequins.

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M.S. in Medical / Health Care Simulation

The College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a 36-credit Master of Science in Medical / Health Care Simulation program.
This state-approved graduate program has been preparing professionals for careers in the growing field of human patient simulation education since 2012. Patient simulation educators use Standardized Patients, mannequin-based simulations, and computer-based simulations to ensure patient safety in clinical settings, teach and assess professional skills at medical and nursing schools, hospitals, and medical licensing boards, and manage patient simulation programs.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to:
  • Manage and direct patient simulation centers and patient safety programs
  • Develop simulation education courses and curricula
  • Develop programs designed to assure quality in clinical settings
  • Conduct and collaborate in innovative educational research.
Program highlights include:
  • Hybrid didactic courses using the latest educational technology
  • Self-directed learning projects
  • Hands-on course workshops to prepare learners to work with Standardized Patients and Mannequin-based simulators
  • Faculty advisors who are national experts in the human patient simulation field.


Hybrid Courses:
The following will be completed on-line with a course instructor    available via, for example, a webcam.

  • MSME 651 - Health Care Simulation and Adult Learning
  • MSME 652 - Teaching and Assessing Communication Skills
  • MSME 653 - Standardized Patient Education
  • MSME 654 - Educational Measurement
  • MSME 655 - Mannequin-Based Patient Simulators and Simulation Education
  • MSME 657 - Patient Safety Issues and Patient Simulations
  • MSME 656 - Methodological Issues and Strategies in Simulation Research
  • MSME 752 - Leadership and Management


Workshop Courses:
The following week long residential courses will take place at NYIT COM’s Institute For Clinical Competence.

  • MSME 751 - Standardized Patient Education Workshop
  • MSME 757 - Mannequin-Based Simulator Education Workshop

Professional Development Courses:
The following courses require students to develop and present a Capstone Project (research or work project) based on work completed at a practicum placement approved by the Program Director. Such a placement must be at a patient simulation program utilizing Standardized Patients and / or Mannequin-based simulation, and may take place at your place of employment. Thesis Advisement I and II may be completed in person and / or via webcam and phone conference.

  • MSME 658 - Thesis Advisement
  • MSME 760 - Practicum with Presentation of Capstone Project

Application Requirements

Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment

Complete the NYIT on-line application:

College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni are invited to apply to the program free of charge by visiting and using fee waiver code MHSFA14.



For more information about this program, please contact:

Anthony Errichetti, Ph.D.
Chief of Virtual Medicine
Professor, Department of Medical Education Director, Institute For Clinical Competence and MS in Medical / Health Care Simulation Program

ICC – Old Westbury

Lisa Culen, BS
Standardized Patient Educator

Timothy J Devine CMTE, EMT-P
Medical Simulation Specialist

Anthony Guerne, B.A., NREMT-P
Clinical Instructor

Denise Antonelle-Manhoney, BA
Standardized Patient Educator

Mindy Roher
Associate Director

Paula Ryo, DO
ICC Clinical Coodinator

ICC – St. Barnabas

Laurie Schroeder, M.A.
Medical Educator / Standardized Patient Specialist
718.960.9000 x1109



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