Teaching Material

To simulate real conditions, to limit risks on patients and to increase the quality of patient care, participants have the opportunity to practice on a wide range of teaching material, from synthetic models to anatomical specimens.



  • Under the supervision of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva
  • With the collaboration of the Swiss anatomical Institutes of Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne and Zürich
  • Thiel or Fresh Frozen

The quantities of anatomical specimens highly depend on the actual availabilities.

ANIMAL PARTS            

  • Learners practice on animal models to simulate realistic conditions.
  • They acquire basic and more advanced skills, before intervening on patients.
  • Such as liver, heart, artery, intestine, oesophagus…

The animals used at the SFITS are NOT sacrificed for training or research purposes.


  • Synthetic models are artificial and ultra-realistic anatomical bodies.
  • They are made of plastic, silicon or latex.
  • Such as life-like organs and body parts, bone-like material and training models.

Synthetic models reflect human anatomy and play a significant role in medical training.

SIMULATORS 2nd line 

  • Learners can perform surgical and interventional procedures at no patient risk.
  • They learn and master skills on very realistic cases.
  • They go through complications that could occur during real interventions.

Some of our simulators: Virtamed, Medability, Simbionix, Simulare Medical

We would like to sincerely thank all the people that consented and will consent to give their body to science. This ultimate gift allows us to offer continuous medical education to operating room professionals.

With the body donation program at the Swiss national level, we are able to advance surgical and interventional medecine and patient care, day by day.

About body donation program of the Anatomical Institute of Geneva



All anatomical specimens and animal parts are treated with the greatest respect.

Any person stepping in the SFITS is responsible for his/her own safety, the safety of others and the integrity and respect of the anatomical specimens. He/she consents to strictly follow the medical code of conduct and to display a professional and ethical behavior towards inert material at all times.

For example (but not limited to):

  • No photos, selfies or videos shall be taken with an anatomical specimen;
  • Confidential information and anonymity of the specimen must be preserved at all times;
  • Drinks and food are strictly prohibited in the training area.


Surgical simulators let allow surgeons practice gestures and techniques on ultra-realistic anatomical parts, without risk to the patient and in a secure environment.
A large number of simulators are available at the SFITS.

Contact us for more information.