DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine has expanded its simulation center by adding double the space.

The previous simulation center had only four labs in total, but after the recent increase in the student population, ACOM remodeled and added four more labs to accommodate everyone.

The labs are equipped with fully immersive technology such as mannequins that mirror real-life medical situations.

ACOM is nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in clinical simulation, and this expansion is adding more experience for all its students.

“This is kinda where the book knowledge meets the real-life knowledge because the patients that you’re going to see don’t read the textbooks, so having that experience to critically think about different ways patients are going to present is a huge advantage,” ACOM Simulation Fellow, Kyle Cohen said.

The new labs will now allow ACOM students to experience a simulation every week. Cohen says simulations are a great advantage because many schools experience a simulation once a month or even once a semester.