Medical Simulation International (MSI) is a Minnesota based non-profit organization created to expand the skills and capabilities of medical professionals in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).


Lack of access to surgical care due to the too few sufficiently trained medical personnel and the overwhelming backlog of cases has proven unmanageable given the current resources. New resources and technology must be developed to address the need for more reliable and accessible surgical care in LMIC’s.

How MSI is Helping


Simulation training is an essential component of our educational model as it engages trainees in a safe and isolated environment. While routine in developed countries, simulation technology has yet to be widely utilized in the developing world.

This type of engaging training, which can be run from a personal computer, allows trainees to rehearse the steps of a procedure before performing on a patient, reducing the risk and potential for serious error. Additionally, such technology allows for a broader, more rapid reach to accommodate the current and overwhelming volume of cases in need.

MSI’s main initiative is to expand the skills and capabilities of medical professionals in LMICs. Many of the conditions are challenging and medically complex to treat. As such, advanced training methods are needed to implement standards of treatment.


MSI’s interactive simulation technology focuses on conditions commonly faced by patients in developing countries. These include obstetrical fistula, cleft lip and palate, prostatic hypertrophy, and vaginal and urinary bladder prolapse.

More than 30% of the global health burden requires surgical treatment.

Over 95% of the population in LMICs lacks access to basic surgical care.


More than 4.8 million people worldwide are unable to obtain a simple, life-saving procedure.

A lack of appropriately trained personnel is a key contributor to this problem and there is an immediate need to increase the numbers of qualified health professionals.

Simulation training may dramatically improve the efficiency and efficacy of medical training, and can help reduce the cost and time involved with training medical professionals in LMICs.