USF Health is planning a state-of-the-art
training and research facility for medical professionals.
Michael Hoad, vice president of communications at the University of South Florida
, says the core draw
for medical professionals who will attend training at the new center is
the center itself.
"It's like the pilot
training centers that airlines have," says Hoad. "We know there is
national pressure for skills testing and certification. We know surgeons
are interested in new ways to be safe and high quality. All of that
will draw them."
According to Hoad, the Center
for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation
(CAMLS) will be a
special facility. "Right now it will be one of the few in the country --
certainly the only one in the region." But Hoad warns that USF needs to
jump quickly at the opportunity. "Other universities will develop
these, which is why there is urgency to get going quickly."
The CAMLS will provide training in surgical skills, simulation
and virtual hospital, a lecture auditorium and a research and
innovation laboratory that will develop and test prototype devices and
If a proposed location in downtown
Tampa is approved, it will increase business for the Hyatt,
and other downtown hotels. In addition, Disney World,
Busch Gardens and Sea World are within a two-hours' drive, a plus for
those medical professionals traveling with family.
Hoad also adds that the chance to work with USF faculty is
another major draw. "USF is excited about exploring the downtown Tampa
location. We believe we can be an anchor tenant for business in Tampa by
drawing people to the region," says Hoad.
Source: Michael Hoad, USF Communications