STEM Week Day 2: Girl Scouts visit the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center at AAMC


As we talked about in “Ladies in Leadership Conference: Troop 4149′s Bronze Award Project” a group of Girl Scouts from the Annapolis area had the exciting opportunity to participate in a conference where they heard from many of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s leading ladies. At the conference they also had the chance to visit the the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center (SAIL).


During their visit, girls were able to see and touch the life-like models that are used by medical amateurs and experts to enhance their learning experience. The models react like humans when responding to virtual tests and treatments. They have simulated hearts, pulse, blood pressure, pupils that dilate, the ability to bleed and react to medications, and they can even respond verbally with the help of a sound technician.

As seen in the the photo below, the girls also were able to learn about and try tools used by surgeons to practice minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic skills development before performing new surgical approaches and procedures.

Surgery Simulation

According to the AAMC website, the SAIL Center is a world-class medical simulation and training facility that promotes the provision of safe care for patients through advanced training that is ahead of the rest of the country and usually available only in major academic medical centers. About 80 percent of all U.S. health care is delivered in non-academic, private centers. The Earl SAIL Center is critical to achieving and maintaining national patient safety goals as new medical technologies continue to emerge at an ever increasing pace.

As part of its mission and infrastructure, The Earl SAIL Center is designed to foster the creation, co-development and evaluation of intellectual property in a more cost effective, efficient and incentivized fashion than academic medical centers. The Earl SAIL Center provides an environment dedicated to conducting world-class clinical research, training the next generations of healthcare providers, and facilitating efforts that will ensure excellence in the medical practices of the future.

Typically the Center hosts teleconferences, monthly national multi-center teleconferences, lectures, research, and large group sessions for resident surgical education, all of which help to develop staff skills and knowledge. The Earl SAIL Center also provides tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families and organizations dedicated to healthcare improvement and patient safety.

At the conclusion of the tour, the staff of AAMC encouraged girls to get their parents and troop leaders to schedule another visit for them so that they could learn more about simulations and get a more hands on experience. Have a girl or troop that is interested in healthcare or technology? Contact AAMC at 443-481-1000 to set up a tour!

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