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Simulation Centers

The simulation centers at Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle BroMenn Medical Center promote and support the educational growth of medical students, residents, fellows and other healthcare professionals. The centers provide innovative and comprehensive simulated learning environments where learners have the opportunity to advance conceptual and technical skills through simulation.

Simulation Center at Carle Foundation Hospital (Champaign-Urbana)


Training models give clinicians ample practice in a simulated setting before providing services for patients. The center features:

  • Bronchoscopy/GI Simulator – Combined system for the training of both GI endoscopy and flexible bronchoscopy.
  • High-Fidelity Endoscopy Simulator – To facilitate acquisition of endoscopy skills, especially in training cognitive and psychomotor endoscopy skills, preventing and managing complications, and facilitating a team process.
  • Central Line Trainers – Ultrasound capabilities and appropriate anatomical landmarks and fluids.
  • Difficult Airway Trainer – Practice various techniques for intubation, as well as simple airway training.
  • Philips Heartstart MRx Cardiac Monitor with Mock Code Cart – Practice more realistic mock codes and pre-arrest scenarios.
  • Colonoscopy Trainer – Used with an endoscope, this provides the most realistic simulation of a colonoscopy.
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Model – Practice fixing various sizes of hernias.
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Model – For removing the gallbladder laparoscopically.
  • Surgical Microscope – To practice sewing minuscule blood vessels together (microvascular surgery).
  • Breast Models – Palpable interchangeable masses and ultrasound capabilities.
  • Suture and Knot Tying – For surgery and primary care provider needs.
  • Vascular Tree Models – For practicing delicate vascular skills.
  • Peripheral IV Arm – Practice peripheral IV access with various sizes of angiocatheters and simulated blood.
  • Circumcision Models for Newborns - Practice circumcision techniques.

Lab Equipment

A wide array of instruments and patient-care materials allow learners to become familiar with the operation of clinical equipment, and with the contents of procedural packs, trays and kits. This equipment includes:

  • Surgical appliances (i.e. defibrillator, sonosite and cautery unit).
  • Surgical kits (i.e. thoracentesis trays, catheters and emergency cricothyrotomy kits).
  • Airway supplies (i.e. laryngeal masks, intubation supplies, suction tubing and bougies).
  • Cutting instruments (i.e. a variety of surgical scissors and scalpels).
  • Surgical grasping and holding instruments (including surgical forceps, hemostats, clamps and retractors).
  • Orthopedic, neurosurgical and gynecologic instruments.
  • Sutures and ties.
  • Wound-care and casting materials.
  • Various staplers and Endo Stitch.
  • Laparoscopic equipment.
  • Operating microscope.
  • Sharps and syringes.
  • Various ways to practice chest-tube insertion - iStan and beef rib models.
  • General supplies (i.e. blood pressure cuffs, surgical tape and a variety of gloves).
  • Recording equipment, to go over simulations during debriefing sessions.

Simulation Center at Carle BroMenn Medical Center (Bloomington-Normal)


Scenario-based training models may include:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – Identify signs, provide treatment and discuss side effects.
  • Hypercalcemia – Identify signs, perform proper workup and provide treatment.
  • Postmenstrual Bleeding – Identify signs of vaginal atrophy and rule out endometrial cancer.
  • Nephrotic Syndrome – Identify signs, rule out other causes of leg edema and initiate treatment.
  • Mock Code – Improve team performance, quality and fast response skills .


Skill-based training models may include:

  • Suturing.
  • Incision biopsy.
  • Nail removal.
  • ACLS.