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USF Health's center for training and evaluating health professionals sets standards for quality care
Date:3/30/2012

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CAMLS already is partnering with several industry leaders, such as Stryker, Philips, Covidien, and Simbionix, to provide state-of-the-art training equipment at the facility. CAMLS also is working with the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other specialty societies to provide training for their members.

It's important to realize that CAMLS does more than train surgeons on the latest technology, said Dr. John Armstrong, chief medical officer of CAMLS. Instead, CAMLS is designed to provide training, often in a team environment, to a broad spectrum of health professionals. Doctors, nurses, surgery technicians, combat medics and others can learn together at CAMLS and better teamwork means better care.

"In the past, we have trained health professionals as individuals, not as teams," Dr. Armstrong said. "If you look at medical errors, you can trace many of them back to issues of communication. We need to focus on how we communicate together."

CAMLS is designed to do that. That's one reason that the March 30th grand opening ceremony for CAMLS will feature Capt. Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, the plane that landed safely on the Hudson. Capt. Skiles' experience shows how healthcare can become safer by borrowing training techniques from aviation, Dr. Klasko said.

"One of the interesting things about Capt. Skiles is that those two pilots had never flown together before," Dr. Klasko said. "But the level of their training was so high that they could function as an expert team in a crisis situation."

CAMLS is the latest innovation at USF Health, already a leader in transforming how health professionals learn. Those innovations include the SELECT program, a physician leadership program that chooses MD students based on their emotional intelligence, not just their academic prowess; a brand-new College of Pharmacy
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