Friday Night at the ER

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

Students 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 Fall Semester 2021:

* All Sessions to be held in Hayes Hall, Room 403
  September 13th - October 11th
  Mondays (5:30pm – 8:00pm) | Tuesdays (6:30pm – 9:00pm)

Session 1 Monday, September 13
Session 2 Tuesday, September 14
Session 3
Monday, September 20
Session 4
Tuesday, September 21
Session 5
Monday, September 28
Session 6
Tuesday, September 29                 
Session 7
Monday, October 4
Session 8 Tuesday, October 5
Session 9   Monday, October 11


COVID-19 Information - Friday Night at the ER Sessions


  • All game materials will be disinfected prior to each use.
  • Masks must be worn during Friday Night at the ER, per the University at Buffalo requirement that all students and employees – regardless of their vaccination status – wear face coverings, while inside campus buildings, effective, Aug. 3, 2021.
  • The Daily Health pass of attendees will be checked prior to event entry. Individuals that did not pass their health check, will not be admitted to the event. 
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, policies and procedures are subject to change and will follow UB Policies, accordingly. For all updates, please refer to UB’s COVID-19 Planning and Response website.