Founded in 2005, the Cook County Simulation Training Center was established within the Department of Emergency Medicine. For several years, one simulation mannequin – CHESTER – Cook County Hospital Electronic Simulator for Trauma and Emergency Resuscitation – provided simulation training for the Emergency Medicine Residents.

The CCH Simulation Center now utilizes four high-fidelity mannequins and numerous task trainers. The center provides a hands-on experience for many of the departments at Cook County Hospital. In 2018, the Simulation Center moved to the new Cook County Professional building and includes two large simulation rooms with adjacent control rooms and multiple large debrief rooms where the simulations can be observed and critiqued.

The Cook County Simulation Training Center is an integrated simulation center that utilizes a wide variety of simulation modalities including procedural skills task trainers, high-fidelity mannequins and standardized patients.

We are committed to using these emerging technologies in order to improve medical education, patient safety and communication via the Graduate Medical Education core competencies and the newly developed Emergency Medicine Milestones.


University of Chicago Affiliate


Medical simulation is a rapidly growing field dedicated to the goal of improving patient care. At NorthShore, we are committed to using these emerging technologies to improve education and patient safety. NorthShore's expertise in practice and research, as well as our standing as a top-ranked teaching hospital, has driven us to further our commitment to simulation by developing the Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation (GCSI).

This state-of-the-art, 13,000 square foot facility at NorthShore Evanston Hospital was specifically designed to host our multispecialty, multidisciplinary simulation center. Here, two programs provide complementary and collaborative health care education, training and research opportunities.

  • NorthShore's world-class Medical Simulation Program (formerly CSTAR—Center for Simulation Technology and Academic Research) is actively improving patient care, reducing healthcare costs and improving outcomes through innovative medical scenario simulation.

  • The Surgical Simulation Program is a leading-edge surgical training and innovation program that provides an expert resource for surgeons to train in established minimally invasive methods, and to develop and test new techniques and procedures.

GCSI uses simulation to help healthcare practitioners improve their clinical performance, reduce errors, and refine their teamwork and communication skills using a variety of simulation modalities including task trainers, human patient simulators, virtual reality and standardized patient actors.
The unique combination at GCSI of medicine and surgery allows for a new level of collaboration beyond most programs. The multidisciplinary lab encourages communication between a variety of specialties, providing enhanced knowledge and a ready dialogue to develop new applications for medical techniques.




The best way to learn is by doing. But in medicine, a novice can’t simply jump into a complex case. The Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation bridges that gap by offering students, residents, fellows and clinicians state-of-the-art, including high-fidelity manikins that breathe, bleed and otherwise simulate just about everything a real human patient would do.

Training takes place in procedure rooms that replicate the real facilities in Rush’s hospital building and utilizes human patient simulators that replicate patient signs, symptoms and conditions. A control room allows faculty to observe the details of the training scenario unfold.

Our simulation center gives trainees and clinicians from across multiple disciplines one place to hone their skills, practice crisis management and conduct research on a wide array of medical circumstances, from the everyday to the rare. Training sessions are digitally recorded, allowing students to review video of their work in nearby debriefing rooms or to have their work evaluated by others.

The facility was established in 2002 through the direction of founding members David M. Rothenberg, MD, and Margaret Faut-Callahan, PhD, and a generous bequest from the estate of Alverin M. Cornell. New technology is added regularly. Rush University is also a member of the Chicago Simulation Consortium.





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