Closure of the Steinberg Simulation Centre


Published: 17Mar2020

Dear colleagues,

As you know, McGill University is committed to helping contain the propagation of COVID-19 and fully supports the Quebec government’s decision to close all schools and universities for the two-week period ending March 29. We all must do our part to “flatten the curve” so that health services are not overwhelmed by the resulting patient load. 

In this context, the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning has cancelled all simulation-based workshops and activities for the next two weeks. Because of the nature of simulation activity, users frequently work very close together, and jointly handle materials and standardized patients, risking virus transmission. We are concerned about the health and safety of our learners, faculty, staff and standardized patients, and are working diligently to promote social distancing and implement safety protocols to reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is important to note that the situation is extremely fluid and this two-week closure may be extended. We will continue to communicate with you as things evolve. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Philippe Legault, Director of Operations, by email: Philippe.legault [at]

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate these uncertain times together.  



Gerald M. Fried, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, M.S.C.
Professor of Surgery,
Associate Dean, Education Technology and Innovation,
Director, Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
3575 Park Ave Suite 5640, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P9

Senior Surgeon, Division of General Surgery
Medical Director, Clinical Innovation Platform (CLIP)
McGill University Health Centre
1650 Cedar Avenue, #L9.121, Montreal, Quebec Canada H3G 1A4
gerald.fried [at]

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