CACL

Clinical Skills and Simulation

The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning (CACL)

The learning of high quality clinical skills is a priority for USF Health. We have developed a state of the art Center where we are able to both teach and evaluate the students on their clinical skills. These skills are introduced during the student’s first foray into the medical school curriculum and then taught and evaluated during all four years of their medical school experience. By the close of their fourth year, the USF Health Medical Students will have had more than fifty (50) hours of direct clinical skills assessment within the Center.

The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning opened its doors in September, 2005, but has operated in a previous reiteration for more than ten years as the Clinical Skills Assessment Center. In addition to the interaction with the medical students, the Center serves as an evaluation center for the Advanced Nursing Program within the College of Nursing, as well as the School of Physical Therapy’s DPT program, students in Athletic Training, and for Doctorate of Pharmacology students in the USF College of Pharmacy.

The Center has twelve state of the art clinical examination rooms, all equipped with advanced digital video monitoring as well as a closed circuit computerized evaluation system, with computer capabilities both inside the room as well as a student station immediately outside the clinical room. Each room is linked on a master video monitoring display in the control room, as well as having accessibility in the Video Monitoring Room itself.

Accreditation

American College of Surgeons, 2011

Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2012

Student Focused

The advancement of high quality clinical skills is a priority for USF Health. We have developed a state of the art Center where we are able to both teach and evaluate the students on their clinical skills. These skills are introduced during the student’s first foray into the medical school curriculum and then taught and evaluated during all four years of their medical school experience. By the close of their fourth year, the USF Health Medical Student will have had more than fifty (50) hours of direct clinical skills assessment within the Center.

Standardized Patient Program

The STANDARDIZED PATIENT PROGRAM is within the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning, which is a member of the Office of Educational Affairs. This program is conducted during all four years of the Medical School curriculum. Our program is a state of the art Center with twelve clinical examination rooms and a dedicated high fidelity simulation room. Each room is equipped as a comprehensive clinical room, with advanced digital video recording capabilities and computers both immediately inside the clinical room and a student station outside the room, for examinations. All rooms are available on the closed circuit video monitoring system. In addition, a twenty-four person computer equipped classroom, a twelve person video-monitoring station and a separate simulation room completes the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning and Simulation.

The Morsani College of Medicine Medical School student will:

  • Learn and be evaluated on interpersonal, history taking and physical skills during their first and second years.
  • Learn and be evaluated on their communications skills during all of their activities in the Center.
  • Learn physical examination techniques from faculty clinicians then perform these organ system examinations during their second and third year.
  • Learn and be evaluated on their interpersonal skills, their ability to obtain an abbreviated history and perform a focused physical examination that revolves around a medical complaint during their third year.
  • Be evaluated on their ability to obtain a comprehensive history and physical examination, including their interpersonal and communications skills, examination technique and sequencing during their third and fourth year.