A dummy goes to college: Kingsborough’s new medical mannequins can vomit — and cry

Manny and the guys: From left, instructor and FDNY paramedic Randy Li, students Ben Yaakov and Bed Adler of Flatbush pose with one of the $100,000 medical mannequins purchased for Kingsborough Community College’s new paramedic program on Nov. 21.
Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

It takes a couple of dummies to make to make Brooklyn’s next batch of emergency medical technicians smarter.

A pair of high-tech mannequins that vomit, cough, bleed, convulse, and even cry tears of simulated pain are part of the hyper-realistic training program at Kingsborough Community College’s new paramedic certification course — Brooklyn’s first — giving trainees an edge over graduates from other schools.

“These mannequins can simulate breathing, lung sounds, heart sounds, sweat, vomit, and even convulse,” said the college’s interim president Dr. Stuart Suss. “This sole fact represents a huge advantage for our students so that they can train and practice in a truly realistic environment.”

The dummies, which cost $100,000 each, will help the school’s prospective paramedic professionals realistically practice life-saving techniques, without the stress of actually having someone’s life on the line.

During a demonstration, a Kingsborough employee induced all manner of heinous afflictions upon one the unfortunate new plastic teaching assistants.

Mercifully, the dummy is not loaded up with simulated vomit, but tears did stream down its checks as it made stomach-wrenching gagging noises. Later, with the press of a button, it convulsed in the throes of some epileptic fit.

The program’s realism goes beyond the high-tech dummies. Kingsborough’s is the only paramedic program in the city that uses actual ambulances in its curriculum, and early next year the program will unveil a laboratory room that accurately simulates a hospital’s emergency department.

Before Kingsborough could offer the new paramedic program, it had to get the approval of an alphabet soup of city and state agencies, allowing graduates to take paramedic examinations for New York City, New York State, and also for the National Registry, which allows those students who pass to work in 45 states where the National Registry is accepted.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: