Healthcare Simulations

WVU STEPS Center Simulation Trainings

The WVU Family Experience and Delivery of Chronic Care (DOCC) project simulation launched in the spring of 2019. The simulation experience for Pediatric and Family Medicine residents, Pharmacy, and Nursing trainees was created by parents of children with special health care needs working side-by-side with faculty to impact the way they deliver patient care. Support for this project comes from funding provided by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The Not Your Standard Patient project simulation provides third year medical students an opportunity to learn disability etiquette prior to beginning patient care. The Simulation consists of a lecture, simulated disability related cases, and personal experience discussions with a panel of professionals and individuals with disabilities.

Both of these trainings are held in the WVU Steps Center which provides experiential learning to health care professionals to improve their skills.

Seeking Families to Educate Future Healthcare Professionals

The West Virginia Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F-HIC) would like to invite past and current parents/caregivers of children with special health care needs to serve as parent team members for the WVU Project DOCC (Delivery of Chronic Care). In these virtual simulations for students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy, trained parent team members share their caregiving experiences and their personal journey in receiving medical care. After participating in a 60-minute online WVUCED Parent Team training course, parents/caretakers will be eligible to co-facilitate with WVU faculty from the comfort of their own home in presenting live 2-hour virtual experiences for WVU learners and future medical professionals. Parent team members are provided a stipend of $60 each time they participate.

To be eligible to participate, you must:

  • Be a past or current parent or legal guardian of a child with a disorder that affects multiple organ systems and requires some form of life-supporting equipment.
  • Attend a 60-minute Project DOCC parent training course

To schedule a training or get more information, contact Tina Crook, Parent Network Specialist at, or call 304-860-9037.