How does it Work?

  • Realistic Patients

    Each has a unique history, realistic vitals, accurate lab results and imagery. Ask the patient questions to start the case.

  • Investigate & Diagnose

    Examine the patient and formulate a differential diagnosis. Then perform bedside tests, order labs and imaging scans.

  • Treat & Hand-off

    Choose from among dozens of possible medications, procedures, and consults to treat the patient. Then choose your final diagnosis and hand-off the patient.

  • Scoring & Debrief

    Every case has a unique scoring rubric and every action you perform affects your final score. The case ends with a detailed written debrief.

  • Detailed & Open-ended

    No multiple-choice questions here! Choose from 100+ actions, 100+ diagnoses and reveal dozens of patient-specific clinical results & images.

  • Realistic 3D Scene

    Look in any direction, tap on equipment to perform actions, and the scene evolves as you interact with the patient.

Why Simulate an ER on a Phone?

Practicing Medical Decision-Making is Hard

When a critical patient presents, the most important role of the provider is to quickly and correctly figure out what is wrong and determine a course of action to stabilize the patient.

Correctly diagnosing a patient and formulating a treatment plan requires navigating a very complicated decision tree.

Practicing this complex task is essential, but providers clearly can’t practice on real patients. Instead they rely on observation, discussion, book learning – and simulation.

Mannikin-based Simulation: Valuable but Infrequent

Since the 1960’s educators have used life-sized medical mannikins to create realistic scenarios for students to practice. Today this is a billion dollar industry.

These simulations usually focus on teamwork and a blend of decision-making and hands-on skills. They usually require supporting staff and a dedicated facility. Consequently while they are high-quality experiences, they often are infrequent.

Software-based Medical Simulation

By creating a learning environment with a host of possible actions and diagnoses combined with a library of sick patients and a unique scoring rubric for case – it becomes possible to recreate the medical decision-making process in software.

With virtually unlimited opportunities for simulation practice, you can increase the frequency of simulation training at a fraction of the cost of traditional simulation.

Where Do The Cases Come From?

Expert Clinicians

Our cases are created by board certified physicians and medical educators. Our chief clinical advisor is an emergency medicine attending at Massachusetts General Hospital with 15 years experience in simulation education and assessment.

Case Editor

We started by building our case authoring tool, Minerva Designer. The Designer makes it easy to create unique clinical scenarios by modifying an existing template. It contains a rich library of default actions, clinical results and images. In the future we aim to make this available to subscribers, allowing anyone to create their own cases.

Open Source & FOAMed

We create unique simulation cases with Minerva Designer and use open source content (mostly imagery) to supplement our cases. We support FOAMed and will soon release all of our simulation cases on our website – anyone can use any of our cases and associated imagery for a mannikin based or classroom simulation.

What is FOAMed?
FOAMed stands for Free Open Access Medical Education. It is a term that has evolved through the proliferation of online learning sites such as and ALiEM. It is rapidly becoming an essential mode of just-in-time learning in the medical education space. Check it out on Twitter: #FOAMed




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Company & Mission

Minerva Medical Simulation is dedicated to the mission of bringing medical simulation to the widest possible audience; to improving quality in medical training and thus overall quality in patient care.

The company was formed in 2016 in the epicenter of medical care & technology in the United States – Boston, MA.

Future Plans & Goals
  • Continual case development for critical diagnoses
  • Ever-increasing simulation fidelity
  • Move beyond emergency medicine into other roles & specialities
  • Individual learner portfolios and milestone assessments
  • Residency program performance tracking and flipped classroom materials
  • More 3D scenes and patients, improved realism
The Team

Michael McLinn

Co-Founder, President,
Lead Engineer

Michael has a degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University. His 15 years of experience includes leading mobile efforts at multiple high-profile healthcare IT companies and building a first-generation virtual patient simulation on iPhones & iPads.

J. Kimo Takayesu

Co-Founder, Chief Clinical Advisor
& Lead Content Developer

Kimo is an attending emergency medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as Associate Residency Director from 2003-2017 and currently serves as Departmental Simulation Officer for emergency medicine.

John Cadigan

Director of the Board

John is an Angel Investor with 30 years’ of medical device development experience formerly holding positions as CEO, General Manager, and VP of Engineering. John is a former software engineer (BS/CS) and previously led Philips Healthcare’s World Wide Emergency Care Solutions business.

Kriti Bhatia,

Senior Medical Editor &
Content Developer

Kriti is an emergency physician who worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and served as Associate Residency Director from 2005-2017. She currently serves as a medical director for Boston Medical Center Healthnet Plan.

Joshua Feblowitz

Senior Medical Editor &
Content Developer

Joshua is an attending emergency physician with Alteon Health. He works clinically at Carroll Hospital in Westminster, Maryland.

Lucas Haber

Senior Software Engineer

Luke graduated in Computer Science & Interactive Media from Northeastern University and is a mobile & web software specialist.