Founded in 1987, the UIC Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute (SAIL) was one of the first standardized patient centers in the world.

In 2007, a generous gift from Dr. Allan and Mary Graham enabled us to expand SAIL into an integrated simulation center that utilizes a wide variety of simulation modalities including standardized patients, procedural skills task trainers, high-fidelity mannequins, clinical findings simulators, virtual and enhanced reality simulators, and screen-based simulation.

SAIL facilities include twenty-two “clinic” rooms for standardized patient encounters, six mannequin simulation suites, one simulated OR, large procedural skills labs, and many  classrooms, all equipped with AV recording and playback capability; as well as office and administrative spaces.

SAIL mission is to help educators in the health professions improve clinical performance and patient safety by using clinical simulations for instruction, assessment, quality improvement and research.

As a member of the UIC Health Sciences Simulation Consortium, SAIL was awarded accreditation as a Level I Comprehensive Educational Institute by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).The UIC-HSSC joins a select group of ACS accredited simulation centers worldwide, facilitating opportunities for research and collaboration in the development of innovative simulation-based educational programs.

  • Over 2,000 unique learners come to SAIL each year for over 30,000 learner-hours of educational activities.
  • SAIL is an innovator in simulation development and research.
  • SAIL provides training in the use of simulation  to local, national and international audiences.
  • SAIL staff  members serve as workshop instructors, plenary speakers and special project faculty for health professions students and residents at UIC.
  • SAIL is a unit of the UIC Department of Medical Education, internationally recognized for expertise in Health Professions Education.
  • SAIL is a member of the UIC Health Sciences Simulation Consortium and collaborates with the UIC Advanced Robotic Surgery Research and Training Laboratory and the Perinatal Simulation Laboratory.