Friday Night at the ER

Spend a night in the ER without ever leaving the classroom!

faculty play Friday Night at the ER.
Friday Night at the ER Logo.

Friday Night at the ER is a serious game that challenges teams of four to manage a busy hospital during a simulated 24-hour period that takes just one actual hour to complete. Guided by a trained facilitator, four players per table each manage their department, handle patient flow, and deal with any unexpected situations that arise. Players each have distinct roles, yet depend on each other to communicate, and provide quality care at a reasonable cost. Players discover that quality and cost problems can only be solved when each member puts their essential skills into practice. A guided discussion follows the interactive game experience. Friday Night at the ER widely used by hospitals, IPE programs, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. 

Sessions Scheduled Spring Semester 2019:

Session 1 Monday, February 11th 
Session 2 Tuesday, February 26th 
Session 3 Wednesday, March 27th    
Session 4 Monday, April 8th  

Registration Now Open!

Please use link to register! Please note that space is limited and registration will be closed when we reach capacity.


Who can play?

UB students and faculty enrolled in the following health professions: athletic training, dental medicine, dietetics, health law, healthcare management, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work. 

What does it teach?

  • Applied systems thinking
  • Collaboration across boundaries
  • Smart innovation
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Designing structure for desired behavior

How much time does a game session require?

Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.

Is there a cost to play?

There is no fee. 

Friday Night at the ER event Flyer.