Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills


Parnassus Kalmanovitz Library

530 Parnassus Avenue 2nd Floor, Suite CL250

San Francisco, CA 94122

When you enter from the street level, you are on the 3rd floor of the library. The Kanbar Center is down one level, on the 2nd floor. From the elevator, take a right and walk down the hallway. You will see the small lobby of the Kanbar Center on your right. From the stairs, walk straight until you see the center on your right.

UC Simulation Symposium

Dr. KT Waxman, Professor of Nursing at UCSF, Director of the California Simulation Alliance and former President of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare will kick off the symposium with a keynote talk, followed by brief presentations by simulation educators from across UCs. 

Register here

UCSF Policy Changes

Effective July 16, 2021, UCSF is making the following policy changes:

  • Everyone - regardless of vaccination status - must wear a mask or face covering at all indoor locations at UCSF (except while eating and drinking) and while riding in campus shuttles or standing in line for shuttles.
  • Those who have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 in their household are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine until cleared for work or study by Occupational Health Services (OHS) or Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). Transmission rates are highest in households due to the intensity and duration of exposure to the virus.
  • Employees with unprotected, prolonged exposure (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) to a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection should call the COVID Hotline at (415) 514-7328 for assessment and instructions, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Students should send a secure message to the COVID-19 nurse through their personal health portal.

For details about scheduling simulation sessions and the approval process for in-person sessions, see:

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The Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills supports UCSF's educational mission by creating opportunities for teaching, learning, and assessment using simulation as an educational strategy. Simulation is defined as an educational modality with which the learner physically interacts to mimic an aspect of clinical care for the purpose of teaching or assessment.  Activities at the center range from those that use actors (standardized patients), to activities with partial task trainers and/or mannequins. The center serves all five health professional schools at UCSF and provides learning opportunities across the continuum of health professions education. The Kanbar Center aims to advance and innovate health professions education by fostering excellence in simulation education, supporting the development of new curricular programs, formative and summative assessment, and promoting educational research.

Campus Library, 2nd floor
530 Parnassus Avenue 2nd floor, Suite CL250
San Francisco, CA 94122

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (special hours by request)

Contact Us:
[email protected]

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Table 1: Capacity of Kanbar rooms and ancillary facilities

Room type SQFT Number Capacity (ea) Comments
Standard Exam Room 105 10 2 Can also be used as double rooms at 210 SQFT each (dividing wall open)
Large Exam Rooms 196 2 4 Can also be combined with a small exam room to a 301 SQFT room (dividing wall open)
Small Sim Room 485 1 8  
Large Sim Room 750 1 (10) 15 Currently limited to 10 because of general restrictions on in-person group size
Orientation Room 450 1 10 Can be combined with Media Room for a total of 640 SQFT
Media Room 190  1 4 Can be combined with Orientation Room for a total of 640 SQFT
S-20 800 1 10 (18) Currently limited to 10 because of general restrictions on in-person group size
S-22 450 1 10 S20 and S22 can be combined to one large room, no AV recording/B-line
N703 620 1 10 (12) Currently limited to 10 because of general restrictions on in-person group size
N705 225 1 4 Seasonal variability in scheduling availability for non SON (School of Nursing) activities, no AV recording/B-line

Facilities - Kanbar Center - Wiki

Rehabilitative Clinical Skills Center S-20/S-22

The Rehabilitative Clinical Skills Center, RCSC, features hospital beds, hi-low tables and wall mount LED monitors that allow students to simulate patient care situations, including work in interprofessional teams. The RCSC serves all five health profession schools at UCSF.

S-20  is equipped with 18 padded hi-low examination tables, TRX suspension training system, and can accommodate up to 30 learners.

S-22 is equipped with 3 hospital beds, a Hoyer lift, two simulated headwalls, and can accommodate up to 30 learners.

The RCSC rooms S-20 and S-22 are located in the basement of the Medical Sciences Building, 521 Parnassus Avenue

Scheduling is based on various factors, including type of program, number of learners, interprofessional nature of the program and effective use of the RCSC space.

To reserve the RCSC fill out and submit a UCSF Kanbar Center Intake Form that will provide details of your request that will be reviewed for reservation approval. 

Please email us with any questions regarding reservations or the space.

Rehabilitative Clinical Skills Center