Medical Simulators


This program supports the development and demonstration of broadly applicable medical simulators to enable new paradigms of human health.


The emphasis is on the development of medical simulator hardware, software, and methodologies, primarily to improve patient outcomes, especially through the reduction of medical errors.

NIBIB interests include but are not limited to: 

  • virtual coaches incorporating artificial intelligence for performance training in medical procedures and workflows
  • simulation interfaces to facilitate dissemination and use of virtual environments
  • realistic representations of anatomy, tissue, instrument, tactile feedback, and collision dynamics
  • simulator designs that focus on complicated or rare procedures, including rare adverse events
  • simulators that replicate realistic workflows, including planning, warm-up exercises, and rehearsal leading up to the actual procedure
  • portable, easy-to-use simulators for skilled practitioners in rural and low-resource settings

    Related News

    May 21, 2019
    Carla Pugh posing in front of NIBIB sign

    Learn about Dr. Carla Pugh's scientific accomplishments throughout her career journey and her advice for women scientists.