BRONCH Express(tm) arrives for EBUS-TBNA simulation training


The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) is excited to lead the way in delivering medical simulation education by introducing BRONCH Express. This new device promotes bronchoscopy education by providing portable and cost-effective simulation for EBUS-TBNA training. BRONCH Express was developed as a collaborative venture between CHEST and Simbionix, a world leader in medical simulation.

BRONCH Express was unveiled at the 2014 CHEST World Congress in Madrid, and it will be available to participants at various CHEST bronchoscopy and interventional pulmonology courses.


The portable device offers virtual patient cases and a realistic anatomical environment.

Mounted inside a carry-on case, this desktop simulator is easy to set up and repack. Virtual patient cases offer a realistic anatomical environment based on actual patient data. The BRONCH Express provides a meaningful yet affordable hands-on training solution for medical students, new pulmonary and critical-care fellows, and attending physicians to train on EBUS-TBNA.

CHEST Senior Vice President, Business Development, Megan Schagrin, CAE, CFRE, said that it is exciting to expand the role of simulation education by offering portable and cost-effective medical simulation training.

"We look forward to seeing how BRONCH Express transforms medical simulation training. This suitcase-sized product, which is available for a considerably lower cost than other simulation equipment, can now be used by medical schools, hospital systems, and even large group practices. CHEST will receive a royalty on each sale."

CHEST President Dr. Michael H. Baumann, FCCP, added that there is great value in partnering with Simbionix to develop innovative training tools like BRONCH Express.

Dr. Michael H. Baumann

"Our commitment to helping chest medicine professionals to develop new skills and knowledge to improve patient care around the globe make partnerships such as this a logical step for our organization," Dr. Baumann said. "The partnership with Simbionix allows expansion of important clinical training in an affordable and accessible manner."

Many of CHEST’s upcoming live-learning courses will feature BRONCH Express; these courses will be held at our new Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center located in Glenview, Illinois:

  • Essentials of Bronchoscopy June 5-6 and Sept 24-25
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound June 7-8 and Sept 26-27
  • Comprehensive Pleural Procedures June 20-21
  • Peripheral Bronchoscopy June 22
  • Therapeutic Bronchoscopy in Asthma and Persistent Air Leaks June 23

Learn more about CHEST’s live-learning courses by going to Bronch Express is also available for purchase exclusively through Simbionix global sales network. Learn more at

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