The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) received a $20 million commitment from Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld that its school of Health Sciences will use to enhance its simulation training capabilities to future healthcare professionals.

The expansion and revitalization of the school’s learning resource center, which includes the UCLA Simulation Center, will create a new home for the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and provide a new space for training medical students in the most advanced patient care practices. The project is a priority of UCLA’s health enterprise because of its importance in attracting and preparing future leaders in health care.

The university says the Eugene & Maxine Rosenfeld Hall will be one of the few facilities in the nation to unite mock clinical experiences, surgical and procedural simulation, and interprofessional emergency and hospital team training in one building. The training in Rosenfeld Hall will engage learners with simulated medical scenarios using the latest technologies; enable them to apply scientific principles of health and disease through work with “virtual patients,” ranging from computer simulations to virtual reality to high-tech mannequins; and facilitate collaboration among students, residents, faculty, thought leaders and the community.

The new commitment is part of the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign, which is scheduled to conclude in December 2019 during UCLA’s 100th anniversary year.