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Whether the medical practitioner is a new resident, an ICU nurse, a young battlefield medic, or an experienced surgeon, the traditional method of learning a new technique has been to observe or read about a new technique, then attempt it on a patient.  Simulation and using the “virtual environment” can accelerate the introduction and integration of new technologies into the clinical care.

As multi-disciplinary teams develop new decision-support tools and techniques, design innovative platform technologies to improve efficiencies in clinical work flows, and test new training approaches to educate the diverse healthcare delivery workforce, CIMIT offers a world-class innovation zone for medical simulation.

CIMIT’s Simulation Program is focused on creating effective, realistic training tools, deploying new models for simulation-aided learning and  using technology to create simulated environments where clinicians and others care providers can develop, test, and refine optimal approaches to clinical care. 

Projects like COMETS, an interactive, full body trauma casualty system that reacts autonomously to an extensive range of situations, allow medics and first responders to access and practice treatments involving complex medical conditions in environments that are similar to where care will be given.

At CIMIT, Simulation integrates tools, team training, and virtual environments for scenario testing into one compressive philosophy intent on  improving confidence, competence, operational performance, and patient outcomes.

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CIMIT-Supported Simulation Solutions
Design and build a physiologically realistic mannequin to train first responders to perform chest tube insertion and prevent a leading cause of battlefield deaths

Develop a system to teach surgeons to laparoscopic skills

Create an interactive, full body-trauma casualty system that behaves autonomously to provide realistic training for army medics and civilian first-responders

Design a powerful and interactive tool for real-time incident preparedness, training, and coordination of efforts between medical responders, hospitals, local, state, and federal agencies

Develop a straightforward, realistic smallpox inoculation training system that accurately replicates the feel and responses of traditional smallpox inoculation

» View all CIMIT-Funded Projects.


Recent Publications by CIMIT Investigators
Dawson, S.L., Gould, D.A. The Lancet
369: 1671-1673
Procedural Simulation's Developing Role in Medicine
May 19, 2007
Scerbo, M.W., Dawson, S.L. Simulation in Healthcare
2 (4): 224-230
High Fidelity, High Performance? 2007
Allard, J., Cotin, S., Faure, F., Bensoussan, P. J., Poyer, F., Duriez, C., Delingette, H., Grisoni, L. Stud Health Technol
Inform 125:13-8
SOFA – An Open Source Framework
for Medical Simulation
Wu. X., Allard, J., Cotin, S. Med Image Comput
Comput Assist Interv Int Conf 10:557-65
Reat-Time Modeling of Vascular Flow for Angiography Simulation 2007
Dequidt, J., Lenoir, J.,
Cotin, S.
Med Image Comput
Comput Assist Interv Int Conf
Interactive Contacts Resolution Using Smooth Surface Representation 2007
Simulation Program at the CIMIT Forum
and Past Events
Forum: The Future of Simulation May 20, 2008

Bryan Bergeron, MD, President, Archetype Technologies, Inc.

Dwight Meglan, PhD, SimQuest

• The Future of SImulation

• Surgical Simulation: It's Not Only for Training

Simulation Program News
RISD people demonstrate what they do, including developing a life-like medical training mannequin. The Providence Journal Apr. 12, 2009
Practice Makes Perfect
From life-sized, interactive mannequins to virtual reality systems, simulators are transforming medical training
Design News Dec. 8, 2008
Make a Mistake, and This Mannequin Dies in Battle Boston Globe Dec. 26,
Dr. Steve Dawson, Simulation Program Create Simulated Patients for Army Trauma Medical Training NECN (Page no longer available) Nov. 29, 2007
VIRGIL, device developed in Simulation Program, lauded by Army general CIMIT Press Release Aug. 2007
Simulation lab receives $2 million grant CIMIT Press Release Aug. 2007
Video: Channel 5 Chronicle - The Human Body COMETS Segment
Dr. Dawson on Channel 5 Chronicle
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Simulation Leaders

Jeffrey Cooper, PhDJeffrey B. Cooper, PhD

James Gordon, MDJames Gordon, MD


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In the News

The CIMIT Boston Simulation Consortium (CBSC) announces a national award competition to support the development of simulation inventions. Four to six awards of up to $10,000 will be granted in the summer of 2013.

Trade Press Release: CAE Healthcare launches CAE Caesar, an innovative trauma patient simulator
CAE Healthcare today announced that it has launched its CAE Caesar™ trauma patient simulator. CAE Caesar is a high-fidelity patient simulator designed primarily to enhance the initial and sustainment training of soldier medics and the training of tactical law enforcement medics, search and rescue teams and any organization involved in the care of trauma patients at "point of injury". Caesar utilizes technology developed by researchers at CIMIT in collaboration with TATRC and was conceived with contributions from military and civilian subject matter experts. Read press release.

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