Archive for March, 2012

We all want to change the world…right here at CAMLS
March 30, 2012

Welcome to the revolution. The revolution is about physicians, nurses and all kinds of health professionals getting together and deciding to transform healthcare instead of waiting for somebody else to do it for them. That’s what we’re doing here at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. You never transform things by changing the existing reality. You transform things by creating a new reality in a way that makes the old reality obsolete. We think that CAMLS can do that for health education and training. We are providing team […]

CAMLS takes flight — with a pilot from the Hudson
March 30, 2012

We had the privilege to host a real American hero at the grand opening of CAMLS  today – although Capt. Jeff Skiles will tell you he’s anything but. Capt. Skiles was the co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight that landed everyone on board safely. One of the things that fascinates me about Capt. Skiles is that he and Capt. Sullenberger had never met before that day in the cockpit. But when disaster struck, they worked flawlessly as a team. In fact, Capt. Skiles will tell […]

A new day, a new page for transforming healthcare
March 30, 2012

Today marks a watershed moment at USF Health: the grand opening of the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. Last night, Mayor Bob Buckhorn called this a “transformative moment for this city” and that with the opening of CAMLS, the city of Tampa sees “a turning in the page in its book of life.” All of us at USF Health feel deeply honored that Mayor Buckhorn recognizes the significance of this day for the city of Tampa. We pledge to make this day just as significant for transforming healthcare. […]

CAMLS contributes to economic and medical health
March 29, 2012

We look first at how USF Health can transform health education and training — and I’m proud that we’ll be showing off that potential Friday at the grand opening of the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. But it’s important to see ourselves from other perspectives as well. Today CAMLS is hosting a Medical Device Innovation Roundtable at its Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center. There are a couple of interesting economic nuggets here: Check out www.thefloridascorecard.com. Dale Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation, shared their scorecard with […]

A gifted teacher’s influence means better care for many patients
March 21, 2012

Dr. Michael Flannery got some well-deserved recognition this week in the Tampa Bay Times. I know that we all wish that he was getting that recognition without the ALS diagnosis that came along with it. Dr. Flannery truly is a hero for Tampa Bay doctors – and a great example of how academic medicine can make a difference. He has taught so many of our medical and graduate students who have gone on to practice in Tampa Bay. Medical care really is better here because of Dr. Flannery’s excellent teaching. […]

New partners in transforming healthcare
March 12, 2012

If we are to succeed in transforming healthcare, we need to think beyond the old models of competition. That’s especially important for academic medicine. We have the ability – and the responsibility – to increase access to specialty care and research in the communities we serve. In today’s world, it’s often easier to do that by working with a network of partners. That’s why today’s announcement that USF Health is partnering with Florida Hospital in four key specialty areas is such good news. Patients will be able to receive cutting-edge […]

In sickness and in health
March 5, 2012

Here’s an interesting post by Dr. Stephen Schimpff over on KevinMD.  He’s right on target when he says the problem with the health care system is that it’s really a “sick care system.” Too much of what we do in medicine is essentially defensive. We see patients only when things go wrong and they have problems. We don’t spend enough time helping people to be healthy. Sadly, the way our healthcare system rewards doctors reinforces the emphasis on “sick care.” Doctors get paid most when patients are the sickest. It […]