Success Story

C-STARS Simulator Brings Research and Training to Emergency Response Teams


To bring simulation to the medical arena, the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) and the Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute (AFEMSI) entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the University of Cincinnati Health (UC Health) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

This agreement provides the AFEMSI Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) Cincinnati program with 12 high-definition medical patient simulators for research and training activities, which will be conducted in a new medical simulation center developed and operated by UC Health at its Cincinnati campus. This cooperative agreement enhances the training of Air Force en-route care teams, including the USAFSAM Critical Care Air Transport Team and the Tactical Critical Care Evacuation Team training program.

UC Health medical training and research programs benefit from access to the Air Force simulators, using them to train resident physicians, medical students, nursing staff, ancillary staff, and emergency medical services crews. Simulation research and training scenarios are expected to produce enhanced knowledge that will contribute to the ongoing development of new and improved Air Force Medical Service training methods and content. Cincinnati-area EMS crews, fire departments, UC Health employees, and UC students enrolled in a health care degree program will also have supervised access to the new simulation center for training courses.

Colonel Michael Petro of USAFSAM commented that the development of this simulation center will benefit both the military and the civilian community beyond a shared investment of dollars and equipment. As USAFSAM develops and runs new simulations for the military, local health professionals at UC and in the Cincinnati community will gain from that sharpened expertise.

While universities and private industry around the country have built some larger, more expensive simulation centers, none of them have the size and depth of cadre of this center. A great simulation center requires space, a good supply of equipment, and a huge commitment of personnel and knowledge. By combining the assets of the military and civilian programs, this collaboration has brought exactly that to USAFSAM and Cincinnati