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Samsun Lampotang, PhD, Named to the SSH Academy Class of 2019 Fellows

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Academy announced today that Professor of Anesthesiology and Director for the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies, Dr. Samsun Lampotang, was named to the Class of 2019 Fellows. The SSH Academy recognizes individuals whose sustained contributions have had an impact on the field of healthcare simulation.

The Fellows were selected based on their outstanding and sustained contributions to the development of SSH and to the field of healthcare simulation. The Academy convenes a cadre of experts, vetted by their peers, who initiate important work to move the field forward.

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Samsun Lampotang, PhD, Talks to TV20 News for Tech Tuesday

Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Samsun Lampotang sat down with reporter Olana Osborn for TV20 News’ Tech Tuesday feature to discuss the medical simulators at the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) and how they have saved lives.

Dr. Lampotang told Osborn, “With a simulator, we can make the experience something at will, so that should they encounter it in real life, they will see that pattern and they will remember, ‘I’ve seen this before,’ and they will initiate the appropriate response, pretty much automatically.”

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CSSALT Summer Intern Works on Improving Tech

Patrick Liem joined us from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on a summer internship. While he was here with us, Liem designed and implemented new mixed-reality learning modules for the Central Venous Access Trainer... Read More

CSSALT Mentors High School Students

The CSSALT Lab recently mentored two high school students from the Student Science Training Program (SSTP) for a six-week summer program. This is CSSALT’s second year hosting students in the lab. The two students, Gabe Flechas and Eric Thivierge, helped with two ongoing projects... Read More

UF developing mixed-reality simulators for training in treatment of injured soldiers

On the battlefield, wounded soldiers depend on how quickly and efficiently medical personnel can treat and stabilize their life-threatening injuries.

To help military medical personnel acquire, practice or maintain these key skills while deployed, University of Florida and U.S. Army Research Laboratory Simulation and Training Technology Center researchers have received a $1.75 million grant to design, develop and validate a set of portable, rugged simulators to help military clinicians train — no matter where in the world they happen to be. This grant was funded by the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center, a subcommand of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.... Link PDF YouTube

CSSALT introduces the battlefield to simulators

Not ready for war. That is what many returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan say about military medics. However, that’s about to change.

The University of Florida was just given a $1.7 million grant to prepare men and woman for the gruesome and sometimes traumatizing challenges faced on the battlefield.

"It's a madhouse," said former USMC Mortarman Patrick Petty. Petty lost hearing in his left ear the day he was hit by an improvised explosive device. His body was ravaged by the violence around him. The former Marine told Action News, in his mind, he can still see panicked medics rushing onto the battlefield... Link PDF

High schoolers discover careers in medicine with CSSALT

Twenty-two high schoolers gasped and jumped in unison as the Human Patient Simulator blinked its unseeing eyes at them.

Drew Gonsalves, a simulation engineer for the UF College of Medicine department of anesthesiology, then explained how the standard man, or “Stan,” replicates human functions such as maintaining a pulse, exhaling CO2 and responding to medical techniques. Gonsalves gestured to Stan’s pulse points as the high schoolers crowded around the prone simulator, feeling for the rhythmic thumping of Stan’s automated heartbeat..... Link PDF

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2013 Professional Outreach Day (community service project)

UF outreach program brings hands-on medical experience to area students
"Dressed in a blue surgeon's cap and a white lab coat that reached her ankles, 7-year-old Paris Owens prepared to perform her first medical procedure. With help from a member of the University of Florida's anesthesiology department, she held a bag valve mask to a mannequin's mouth and pumped. It was Paris's first step on the path to becoming a doctor...."

Playing doctor has been a continued hit this year with students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. One station used CSSALT's Laerdal airway management trainers to show kids the different techniques used to maintain a patient's airway.

2012 Professional Outreach Day (community service project)

From hissing roaches to heartbeats, students glimpse future of possibilities
The annual Professional Outreach Day hosted by the Young Achievers Foundation, a local nonprofit organization, allowing the youth to be exposed to several professional fields, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Pugh Hall at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

The use of the Laerdal intubating/airway management trainers from our simulation center  (CSSALT) continues to be a “hit” with the children allowing them to “role play” as doctors. 

UF physician leading the way in simulation education  

They breathe, speak, bleed and even give birth--no, they’re not real patients, but life-like manikins known as simulators that are used to train residents, nurses and other healthcare workers at the University of Florida Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research (CSESaR).

The center was formed in 1999 as a collaborative effort between the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville Dean’s Office and Shands Jacksonville. A grant from the Department of Defense was used to purchase the campus’s first simulator. As the center grew, simulation was incorporated into resident education curriculum to help train on important medical conditions.

New surgical simulator provides true ‘feel’ of surgery  

A new high-tech laparoscopic surgical simulator at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center will not only help train University of Florida College of Medicine surgical residents, it will contribute to improved patient care and safety.

14-year-old comes up with new way to sew up patients  

A Jacksonville researcher has developed a way of sewing up patients after hysterectomies that stands to reduce the risk of complications and simplify the tricky procedure for less-seasoned surgeons.

Oh, and he's 14 years old.


Do you Believe in Magic?

UF invention helps clinicians get a closer look inside machines and patient simulators
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Safety First

Jacksonville campus revamps patient safety training using simulation
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Building better dentists

UF awarded $7 million to train dentists to serve children, at-risk patients
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This week I look ahead.