Courses Offered at CAMLS

Accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), CAMLS is also a provider of the many nationally and internationally recognized Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education (CE) courses that healthcare providers are required to take on a regular basis. Programs are administered by the USF Health Office of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that is housed at CAMLS. CPD can offer CME and CE credits through 15 accreditations. These courses are enhanced by using the many simulation capabilities within the Center, expanding the objectives of the course and creating a greater impact on the learner’s overall experience and performance. CAMLS was also designated the first “Center of Excellence in Education” by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Click each course title to read a description. Please note that this listing represents a portfolio of courses, some of which are only available with special scheduling arrangements and for a required minimum number of participants. One-on-one assessments and remediation are also available upon request.

To schedule a course, a minimum learner participation is required and pricing varies by program.  Please email our business development office with your interest/preferred dates and we will confirm based on availability. Paul Ayres: or Laura Frost:

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Acute Ischemic Stroke Program: Interactive Stroke Training with Virtual Patient Simulation

Acute Ischemic Stroke offers an interactive approach with a blended learning format highlighting the importance of accurate and timely diagnosis of stroke and patient care.  Increasingly complex, time-sensitive scenarios require learners to utilize critical-thinking skills, prompting members to depend on diagnostic indicators and patient information to determine appropriate care, and achieve Door-To-Needle (DTN) time within 60 minutes.

Advanced Surgical Skills in Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

The ASSET course uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure of anatomic structures that, when injured, may pose a threat to life or limb. Key areas of exposure are neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities.

Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM)

The ATOM® course is an effective method of increasing surgical competence and confidence in the operative management of penetrating injuries to the chest and abdomen.

Basic Suturing Workshop

This entry-level course trains learners to demonstrate basic suturing skills including suturing wounds, tying knots and removing suture/staples.

Bedside Ultrasound

Bedside Ultrasound provides a simulation experience in the application of diagnostic ultrasound at the bedside in order to evaluate the emergency/trauma patient for: pneumothorax, pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade; the adult patient for diseases of the bilary, urinary, and circulatory abnormalities and evaluation of the patient with undifferentiated shock and possible deep vein thrombosis. This course also demonstrates proper image orientation, transducer preparation and protocols in ultrasound guided procedures such as vascular access and thoracentesis.

Central Line Placement

For the critically ill, insertion of a central line can assist with diagnosis and treatment. The goal is to develop an improved understanding of the landmark and ultrasound-guided approaches to central line placement.

Chest Tube Insertion

Provides didactic and simulation experience on proper placement and evaluation of chest tubes and on the physiology of pneumothorax and hemothorax.


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Difficult Airway

Difficult Airway is a simulation-based course for medical providers responsible for patient airway management. This 1-day course allows providers to acquire or enhance their skills for preparing for and responding to a difficult airway.  It includes didactic instruction and hands-on practice in a risk-free environment.

Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP)

The Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) course teaches planning methods, preparedness, and medical management of trauma patients in mass casualty disaster situations. Through lecture and interactive scenarios, health care providers learn incident command terminology, principals of disaster triage, injury patterns, and availability of assets for support during the one-day program.

Emergency Department Bootcamp

An immersive, intensive training course for ED residents on airway procedures ranging from basic to advanced procedures using task trainers and high fidelity simulation.

Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS)

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) internationally renowned two-day FCCS course is the go-to resource for training non-intensivist house staff, residents, pharmacists, nurses, or other critical care practitioners how to recognize patient status deterioration and manage critically ill and injured patients effectively.

Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) Testing

FES Testing is useful in assessing whether or not a practicing surgeon possesses the basic knowledge and skills fundamental to the performance of gastrointestinal endoscopic surgery.

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Testing

FLS Testing measures cognitive knowledge, case/problem management skills and manual dexterity. The FLS program content has been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is a joint educational offering of SAGES and ACS. FLS is also CME accredited.


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Internal Medicine Bootcamp

This course provides Internal Medicine residents skills to meet the ACGME benchmarks of education to provide excellence in patient-centered inpatient and outpatient care.


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Microsurgery Skills Practice

Microsurgery is a sub-specialty of a number of disciplines including plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, vascular surgery, and neurosurgery where the surgeon is required to perform fine dissections and microanastomoses of small vessels. Microanastomoses are extremely challenging and require significant training to develop the skills required to perform and perfect these surgeries. To help develop these skills, the microsurgery course allows the student to learn and practice microanastomoses in an IACUC-approved, anesthetized rat model.  With the exact same tools as one would find in the operating room including an operating microscope, micro-suture, and bypass instruments, the student is able to perform all types of microsurgical techniques and microanastomoses on rat vessels including the carotid/jugular system, the femoral artery and vein, and even the thoracic great vessels (aorta and inferior vena cava).

Microsurgery Plastics Surgery

The USF Microsurgery Skills Lab is a five day course providing focused instruction on microsurgical techniques utilized in vascular anastomosis and nerve repair.  Surgery is performed on both cadaver tissues and live animals, with the goal of achieving proficiency in the basic steps critical to microvascular dissection, vessel/nerve preparation, and anastomosis via coupling and suturing techniques.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

NRP is an educational program in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA). The course has been designed to teach an evidence-based approach to resuscitation of the newborn to hospital staff who care for newborns at the time of delivery. The training is based on simulation methodology, enhancing development of critical leadership, communication and team work skills.

Neurology Resident Bootcamp

Provides a combination of lecture, review of anatomy and physiology, hands-on task training and team scenario opportunities for residents and fellows. Course focuses on procedures such as lumbar puncture and epidural placement.

OB/GYN Bootcamp

OB/GYN residents practice surgical and clinical procedures that will be performed in the clinic or OR, including laparoscopic tubal ligation and others.

Obstetrical Simulation Course: Emergencies and Catastrophes

This curriculum incorporates didactic presentations and hands-on team training in postpartum hemorrhage, eclamptic seizure/magnesium toxicity, and maternal code. Additionally, the course includes didactic and hands-on training on five task training stations, i.e. operative vaginal delivery, Bakri balloon, breaking bad news to a patient and the documentation of a shoulder dystocia delivery note.

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Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS)

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) internationally renowned two-day FCCS course is the go-to resource for training non-intensivist house staff, residents, pharmacists, nurses, or other critical care practitioners how to recognize patient status deterioration and manage critically ill infants and injured children effectively.

Pediatric Bootcamp

Residents practice lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, urinary catheterization, intubation, IO, etc. Scenarios are integrated to combine the learned skills for a final experience.

Rhinolaryngoscopy Simulation Training

Hands-on training using standardized patients and simulation sessions on performing a rhinolaryngoscopy, preparing the physician to perform the procedure in their own practice and/or teach the procedure at their own training program.

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Simulation Educator Training Course

Simulation Educator Training is a 5-day, interactive course for developing educators/facilitators for simulation-based education.  Participants engage in experiential learning through methods such as simulation curriculum design, learner evaluation methods, debriefing strategies and more, with the guidance of experience faculty.

Stop the Bleed Train the Trainer

Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.

Surgical Coaching Skills Train the Trainer

This course teaches surgical trainers substantiated coaching skills for surgery. It is based on the Lapco Train the Trainer program in the United Kingdom that resulted in improved faculty teaching ability and mastery of learning curves. It aims to develop skills needed for effective surgical instruction using a systematic framework. The course includes interactive discussions, practical coaching rehearsal in a skills lab setting, and clinical coaching in the operative environment. The ultimate goal of Lapco TT is to improve individuals’ training skills by providing them with the necessary tools that they can adapt to their own coaching styles and approaches.

Surgical Simulation: Training Program for Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

This cadaveric, surgical simulation training will introduce participants to a standardized method for laparoscopic resection of both the left and right colon. This curriculum is metrics-based and contains a pre and post-course assessment as well as a performance evaluation. This course comprises a prerequisite of online lectures and video recordings, and one day of hands-on exercises in a laparoscopic performance within CAMLS’ state-of-the-art simulation environment.

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH)

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Course is a cadaver based, hands-on educational program designed to provide an in-depth experience in Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgical techniques. It is designed for gynecologic surgeons who desire to advance their laparoscopic skills and knowledge base, and apply these skills to perform more advanced Minimally Invasive Surgeries in their practice. It will include training in laparoscopic suturing techniques, laparoscopic surgical dissection and effective use of laparoscopic instrumentation and electro-surgery. The participants will learn and practice surgical techniques for efficient and safe total laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy, and to prevent and repair incidental bladder and bowel injuries. Inanimate laparoscopic trainers are available throughout the entire course so that participants can master the skills of laparoscopic suturing and knot tying.

USF Health Hands-On Learning for High School Students

For a limited time during the Spring, CAMLS offers high school juniors and seniors a unique hands-on experience to go “behind-the-scenes” at a real virtual patient care and surgical center. Participants will learn what it is like to train as the way medical school students train and engage in active demonstrations of medical equipment and hands-on simulation activities. Students are immersed in a variety of real healthcare training experiences such as a 3-D anatomy analysis, laparoscopic skills, and high fidelity simulation.  *This course is scheduled for groups of up to 20 students.


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