An Organization, Dedicated to International Technological Advancement

Medical Simulation International (MSI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand the skills and capabilities of medical professionals in LMICs through the application of novel teaching tools.  MSI’s current projects, developed in partnership with a medical software company, makes use of simulation technologies for interactive video training with aim of improving quality and safety as well as patient access to surgical care.  This interactive program allows trainees to rehearse the steps of various procedures before practicing on live patients in the operating room.  In this manner, MSI facilitates rapid and safe training of clinicians working in resource constrained environments without risking patient safety.

Our Board Members

John Hehre brings more than 25 years of experience in senior level management positions in various industrial industries and has significant experience in manufacturing, engineering and management information systems. He has an MBA from Harvard University and currently works for Northern Metal Fab, Inc., a large format metal fabrication company. John is a founding board member of The Upper Mississippi Academy, a Minneapolis charter school.

Dr. Peter Melchert is the medical director of MSI and an internal medicine and pediatric hospitalist in Minneapolis, MN. He is a director of the Global Health Course at the University of Minnesota and has been the medical director of three international health nonprofits. He is active as a medical educator and assistant clinical professor in both the departments of internal medicine and pediatrics at the U of M. He has 15 years of experience leading surgical training missions to low- and middle- income countries.

Christine Hehre is MSI’s Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. She brings marketing and digital strategy expertise to the organization, and is responsible for the website.

Dr. Priyanka Gupta is a female pelvic surgeon and assistant professor at the University of Michigan. She is the project director of MSI’s Obstetric Fistula Video Simulation Trainer.

Our Partners

Dr. Albert Ruenes, is a partner to MSI and a urologic surgeon in Doylestown, PA with expertise in robotic surgery, oncology and fertility. He has more than a decade of experience as visiting faculty in the training of urology fellows at the Grand Yoff Hospital in Dakar, Senegal.

RL-logoRed Llama, Inc., founded in 2002, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Our mission is to deliver an interactive simulation software platform and multiple procedure-specific training modules that provide a cost-effective and engaging cognitive learning experience. Incorporating high-fidelity video and detailed assessment capabilities, Red Llama’s sophisticated interactive simulation technology results in significantly higher student motivation, knowledge acquisition, and retention of information.

Red Llama provides the premier method for disseminating expertise on complex medical and surgical procedures through its SimPraxis® interactive simulation software platform for cognitive training.

SimPraxis® is a customizable interactive simulation software training platform that uses integrated multimedia (such as video, 3D models, radiology, illustrations, and still images, all captured from live procedures) and combines them with expert cognitive training pedagogy to create a powerful simulation of the procedure. The integration of these elements creates a sense of performing physical procedures while only using standard PC hardware and mouse or iPad for just-in-time learning.

Using SimPraxis, video clips are not merely watched passively; rather, users interact directly with the video and the software, creating an emotionally engaging and realistic simulation of the procedure. Just as important, SimPraxis offers detailed tracking and assessment of each user’s performance.

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