Our History

​The Synergy Medical Advanced Practicum and Simulation Environment (SYNAPSE)
opened its doors in March 2008.  As an independent department of Synergy Medical Education Alliance, its primary mission was to provide simulation based training for medical and surgical residents, medical students, and healthcare providers at Synergy Medical.  It was hoped that SYNAPSE was become the premier clinical training resource the Great Lakes Bay medical community.  Over the course of the next four years, use of the center grew steadily, reaching over 15,000 learner hours annually.

In August 2012, Synergy Medical became part of the Central Michigan University College of Medicine. This transition expanded the department’s role to include undergraduate medical education (first through fourth-year medical students).  Through this partnership, SYNAPSE has dramatically expanded in terms of learner numbers, technological resources and staffing.

In 2015, we moved into the new CMU College of Medicine educational building.  Equipped with virtual OR, OB, ICU, ED and pediatric environments, our new 10,000-square-foot center will continue to offer high quality training programs that improve the safety and care of patients in the Great Lakes Bay Region.