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.
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
Recent Publications by CIMIT Investigators
|Dawson, S.L., Gould, D.A.||The Lancet
|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
|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.,
|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
Simulation Program News
|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|
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.