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University of South Florida

CAMLS teams recognized as Culture Champions

Pictured left to right: Gene Lunney, Franklin Whitaker, Lauren Danker, Amber Baboolal, Rafik Ammari, Diane Ray, Amber Cowan, Juanita Medina-Jimenez, Sabrinah Mackintosh, Sandra Gaitán.

Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH, executive director of the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), recognized a group of staff and faculty who played a critical role for the organization during the COVID-19 pandemic.  CAMLS closed temporarily in March 2020, then reopened in June 2020 to support the training of residents, fellows and medical students.  CAMLS coordinators and administrators, who are not clinically trained, stepped up to work the entrance to ensure the safety of all clients.  They asked screening questions, took temperatures, and enforced a strict mask mandate.

“They kept us all safe, and prevented any outbreaks at CAMLS.  This was outside of their duties since, due to the hiring freeze, we could not hire a front desk receptionist to do this work,” Dr. Okuda said in his nomination.  Dr. Okuda presented the group with culture coins for going above and beyond to ensure the safety and health of CAMLS and its customers.