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Simulation Center

Carle's Simulation Center

Carle's Simulation Center promotes and supports the educational growth of medical students, residents and healthcare professionals. The Center provides an innovative and comprehensive simulated learning environment where learners have the opportunity to advance conceptual and technical skills through simulation.

Who Benefits from the Simulation Center?

Simulating real-life situations is an invaluable asset to medical students, residents and healthcare professionals, whose training then translates to decreased surgical time and safer care for patients.

The Simulation Center is primarily used by Carle’s graduate medical education programs including the General Surgery, Family Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Internal Medicine residencies. The facility also serves physicians, nurses, the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Carle Illinois College of Medicine.


  • iStan Patient Simulator – A mannequin that reproduces detailed physiological and disease states and moves, lives and dies realistically
  • 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 physicians
  • Vascular tree models – For practicing delicate vascular skills
  • Peripheral IV arm – Learners can practice their peripheral IV access with various sizes of angiocatheters and simulated blood
  • Circumcision models for newborns

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

Lab Equipment

The Simulation Center houses a wide array of instruments and patient care materials that allow learners to become familiar with the operation of clinical equipment and the contents of procedural packs/trays/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 Bougie’s)
  • Cutting instruments (i.e. a variety of surgical scissors as well as 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 Endostitch
  • 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 in a debriefing session