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University of Florida CELS Debuts the First Female Trauma Simulator

A female trauma simulator with abdominal bruising

Recently, the UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (CELS) was the first in the country to add a female trauma care simulator developed by Operative Experience, Inc.

“Blood bubbles up and pours from a deep wound on the patient’s leg. A bruise extends from her shoulder down to her chest and abdomen. Her fractured forearm hangs from her elbow. It’s a patient case that would prompt any health care practitioner into careful action under threat of potential life lost. Luckily for those working this patient, she is made of silicone and plastic, and her blood is created with red dye.”

Nicknamed “007”, the simulator is completely anatomically accurate, and was molded to model the physique – and potential injuries –  of a female soldier, which is a first for trauma simulators.  Research shows that treating female trauma patients is a skill set that is lacking in both U.S. military and civilian hospital setting.

Training with high fidelity simulators such as 007, give students and practitioners the opportunity to become comfortable with the presentation and high stakes care involved with trauma patients.

Recent advancements in simulation technology also equip practitioners to deal with real world consequences of their decision-making during trauma care, providing an immersive criticality that can’t be matched.

The Center’s vision has always been to improve health care in Florida, the nation and the world through excellence in health care simulation, integrating training, innovation and discovery.

CELS takes its responsibility to integrate simulation in all walks of healthcare – some not even human!

Affiliated programs with CELS include:

  • The Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies,
  • Anaclerio Learning and Assessment Center,
  • UF College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Skills Labs,
  • UF College of Dentistry Student Dental Simulation Laboratory, as well as
  • The Nursing Resource Center.


CELS also offers a Fellowship program specifically in the use of simulation in teaching and training in order to advance the science of using simulators in education.

These programs offer an opportunity for fellows to acquire a high-level of knowledge and skill in simulation based training development, delivery and evaluation. These fellows will add to the body of knowledge on simulation-based research that links simulation based training directly to patient safety, system evaluation and patient outcomes. The purpose of establishing a simulation fellowship is to:

“provide a foundational experience in medical simulation to qualified applicants, facilitating successful academic, clinical, and research careers in medical simulation and enhancing the quality of medical simulation in general.”

Operative Experience, Inc.’s ties are deep with the University of Florida.  Lou Oberndorf, the CEO and Chair of Operative Experience, Inc. has been immersed in health care simulation technology since the mid-1990s, when he met a group of engineers and anesthesiologists from the UF College of Medicine who had recently invented the world’s first high-fidelity human patient simulator.

Lou quickly realized the potential of the technology, licensed the human patient simulator and founded Medical Education Technologies Inc., which became a global leader in health care simulation and education.

“Over the last 25 years of using high-fidelity simulators, we’ve learned that training with simulators and using advanced experiential learning techniques enable our health care providers to react in an almost instinctive, professional and knowledgeable way when they’re faced with traumatic situations,” Oberndorf says.

Advances in simulator technology and the dedication of both Operative Experience, Inc. and the CELS team bode well for the future of healthcare training and subsequent patient outcomes.

The the recent addition of the female trauma simulator was featured in the University’s College of Medicine newspaper, Dr. Gator. Read the full article here.

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