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The surgeon, nurses, respiratory therapist and emergency medicine physician from
"It's full-blast, full-pace," said
Sobowale and a pair of
The center is packing local hotels to the tune of 14,000 room nights a year and more than 6,400 people have toured the building.
The center expects to bring in about
That's down from
The red ink is not a significant concern, said
"Any time you have a start-up, you have a certain amount of time you expect to be supporting the organization while it is creating a market for this new service that it provides," said Law, chief executive of the Fowler White Boggs law firm who was a longtime member of the USF Board of Trustees. "It is within the budget that was set, and to be at break-even early on is a good thing."
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In a first-floor trauma center at the CAMLS building on Franklin at Brorein streets, actual troop footage from
"This room is set up so that it can be a disruptive environment," said
With the touch of a button, the room is lit in soft blue. Cartoon characters appear on the walls. The suite is ready for pediatric surgery.
Next door is the first hybrid catheterization lab ever built, allowing surgical teams to shift from an interventional procedure such as an atrial valve replacement to an open-heart surgical procedure in the same room.
With the hybrid lab, a patient wouldn't have to be stabilized, put on hold, or sent back to his or her hospital room to wait for an operating room to become available; surgical teams are simply swapped out in the same room.
"This is what state-of-the-art ORs look like nowadays," Sutherland said.
There is a larger room with 21 surgical training stations for surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists and residents to learn how to perform robotic, computer-assisted and image-guided surgery.
A microsurgery lab trains neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and hand surgeons who work with vessels that are typically 1 millimeter or smaller in size.
On the third floor are exam rooms where doctors can be evaluated on their interactions with patients. An Anatomage table can display full-size human anatomy and its body systems in 3D. It's one of 40 in
Also upstairs is the
"It's a great facility," said
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Administrators foresee CAMLS riding a wave of new thinking when it comes to training doctors. The field has been entrenched in what many consider the apprentice method, in which a resident trains with a practicing faculty member under what is often called the see-one, do-one, teach-one approach.
Sutherland argues that physicians and clinicians should have their skills verified through simulation programs. An analogy would be the airline industry, she said.
"When we book our flight, we don't book it based on who's flying the plane or who is on the flight crew," she said. "We have confidence that they've all been trained to standard, and they have gone through team training so that if something happens, they all act consistently in terms of what they're going to do to keep us safe."
Smith says it's only a matter of time before that happens. Anesthesiology groups are already requiring simulation training, he said.
"In the future," he said, "there will be more and more of that type of thing with surgical simulation, emergency, ob-gyn. It only make sense that will move up to a credentialing standpoint."
And when that happens, the medical industry catches up to CAMLS.
"Our whole health care system is changing pretty dramatically," Law said. "The focus is on quality of care and safety. CAMLS is actually ahead of the market. We're creating a market for it, we're creating the ability to have better training."
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Last month, demonstrating the importance of federal funding of medical research, U.S. Rep.
CAMLS would stand to benefit from that push -- but by design, it is not dependent on it.
The center's finances are difficult to scrutinize, as its budget is commingled with other USF programs overseen by the Health Professions Conferencing Board.
But Sutherland and controller
Medical device companies play a major role, making up about 40 percent of the use of CAMLS resources and paying about
CAMLS received a significant combat casualty training federal grant, but the project expires next year.
Administrators said maintaining that diverse portfolio and adding to it is critical. They are developing franchising agreements for similar centers in
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CAMLS could have a role in intensive training in high-risk specialties, helping to cut the cost of malpractice insurance. And the facility has "just scratched the surface" in contracts with medical specialty societies, Sutherland said.
"They've really put together a good model there," said Smith from
Local leaders say the impact of CAMLS will be felt far beyond the medical field.
It is projected to have a
"Once again, we get introduced all over the world in ways that weren't even possible," Buckhorn said. "It's exactly the demographic group we're trying to attract. This is a great asset for downtown."
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