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The Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning (ZIEL) is a partnership between the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System inspired by a vision of what health professions education and care can become.

Boundary Spanning. Our campus wide infrastructure for simulation that spans across professions and along the developmental continuum from junior student to senior professionals affords the precious opportunity to overcome the historical silos that impede health professions education and care.

Experiential learning. Learning through cycles of well-designed practice, reflection and refinement in a psychologically safe environment ensures that all individuals, teams, programs and organizations continue to develop to their full potential.

Simulation as a tool. Beyond the use of simulation for education and training, we also use simulation as a tool to advance each pillar of the shared university and health system vision including caring, healing, teaching, and discovering.

Code Blue Training: Caring for Patients and Providers 

An interdisciplinary team of experts from the health system designed a simulation course to provide first responders, whether students in an airport or an ICU team in the hospital, the opportunity to practice caring for patients in cardiac arrest. Thousands have participated in this course, ranging from students in each of the three schools to specialty health system response teams.

The video below highlights first-hand accounts of the course’s impact on patients, families and health care professionals.

“In a Code Blue situation, how quick you get to chest compressions and shocks is a really big deal. If we didn’t have that training, I am not sure that we would have been as quick to respond” ~Christian Berg, MD Code Blue Team Physician Lead

"Most care delivered today is done by teams of people, yet training often remains focused on individual responsibilities… These silos created through training impede safety."
Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning (ZIEL)

Sudler Simulation Center
Ground Floor of Sudler Hall

ZIEL at the Health Education Building 
Simulation Hospital - 4th Floor
Practice Laboratory and Home Environment - 5th Floor