To create and provide experiential learning that improves clinical skills and patient care in our community and around the globe.


Improving healthcare through lifelong education and training

The University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) is one of the world’s largest, free-standing simulation facilities exclusively dedicated to training healthcare professionals. CAMLS is part of the USF Health Downtown Initiative. CAMLS provides simulation experiences for educating students; training health care faculty in simulation education; and preparing health care professionals to acquire, maintain and enhance their clinical practice to meet today’s workforce needs and improve patient care in Tampa Bay, Florida and around the globe.

CAMLS is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Florida and is open seven days a week to accommodate the numerous demands that challenge today’s domestic and international healthcare providers and researchers.

The CAMLS facility, opened in 2012, is a 90,000-square-foot, three-story facility that provides a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity clinical environment with 60,000 square feet dedicated to surgical skills labs, operating trauma suites, and patient exam rooms, plus more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference space.

CAMLS specializes in providing a realistic training environment for healthcare providers and can replicate nearly any clinical/medical environment, including the use of virtual and human ‘patients’ (standardized patients) as well as testing resources.

Additionally, CAMLS is a world-class meeting and conference center, located steps away from the Tampa Convention Center; Amalie Arena; downtown hotels and lodging; the Tampa Riverwalk; and the emerging Channelside business district.

CAMLS also serves as a unique backdrop for television, commercial, and film production due to its ability to replicate a realistic setting for a hospital, a doctor’s office, a clinic, or even an accident scene with lifelike ‘patients’ – without the rigors of using an actual health care facility.

CAMLS takes pride in providing concierge level service in an academic-entrepreneurial business model which enables flexibility to serve the needs of a wide range of clients and learners.


CAMLS education and training activities are designed using simulated environments; evidence-based best practices; instructional design methodologies; and learner evaluation performance metrics. Learners are able to practice in a safe environment using state-of-the-art technology. Healthcare providers across the spectrum (surgeons, interventionists, nurses, etc.) demonstrate the skills proficiency required for safe clinical practice and improved patient outcomes.

CAMLS featured highlights:

  • Continuing Education Accreditations, including ACS-AEI + SSH
  • National curriculum courses, including AHA, ACS, and APA
  • Service to military
  • Trauma-focused activities
  • Simulation education
  • Use by wide range of healthcare systems
  • Customized training to help address identified QI initiatives
  • Use studies
  • Team training
  • Lifelong learning


CAMLS is operated by the Health Professions Conferencing Corporation (HPCC), a Florida not-for-profit corporation and direct support organization serving the University of South Florida (USF).

The University of South Florida is a public 4-year university offering undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral level degrees. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and is ranked 41st in the nation for research expenditures among all universities, public or private.

USF is comprised of 14 colleges offering more than 180 undergraduate majors and concentrations—with some of the most populated colleges being USF Health, Arts & Sciences, Business and Engineering. USF offers numerous degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. USF prides itself on being a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success.