AASPA 2024 Skills Academy    

Friday, March 15, 2024

CAMLS  |  Tampa, FL

Join AASPA at the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) -- one of the world’s largest, free-standing simulation facilities exclusively dedicated to training healthcare professionals! Located in downtown Tampa, CAMLS is a 90,000-square-foot, three-story facility that provides a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity clinical environment with 60,000 square feet dedicated to surgical skills labs, operating trauma suites, and patient exam rooms. CAMLS provides outstanding simulation experiences for preparing health care professionals to acquire, maintain and enhance their clinical practice to meet today’s workforce needs and improve patient care.

AASPA's one-day course is a high levels skills course applicable for the PA in surgery, critical care, or emergency medicine. Experience the phenomenal training facility of CAMLs as well as some of their expert faculty and AASPAs Board of Directors. Earn 14 CMEs!

This one-day high level skills training has something for everyone: 
- the PA student looking to get a head start on surgical skills training 
- the new PA graduate looking to go into any surgical specialty, critical care, or emergency medicine
- the PA who has been in practice for several years and wants to brush up on their skills 
- the experienced PA that is wanting to transition for the first time to operating room or switching specialties

Slots are limited! 



Point of Care Ultrasound (Chest/Abdomen)

Enhance your skills on a high-end medical simulator for the training of ultrasound-related examinations and interventions. The Ultrasound Mentor is realistic, hands-on training for the ever-growing utilization of ultrasound in medicine especially at point of care (POC) setting. This workshop will focus on key chest and abdominal techniques for acquiring ideal images.

Acute Bronchoscopy

Experience the wonders of the BRONCH Mentor, which provides a comprehensive solution for the flexible bronchoscopy training needs of pulmonary and critical care PAs, surgical PAs, and more. Learn basic skill tasks and in an optimal learning environment for motor, cognitive and coordinative skills acquisition. Walk away with diagnostic and therapeutic clinical hands-on experience.

Basic/Advanced Airway

Gaining realistic practice is the key to developing proficiency and building confidence in airway management skills. The Laerdal Airway Management Trainer provides realistic simulation of an adult airway, and the lifelike upper torso and head can be used to demonstrate and practice intubation, ventilation, and suction techniques.

Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery

Step into a Virtual Operating Room and jumpstart your laparoscopic training! The trainee practicing on the LAP Mentor™ simulator can work on the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery while fully immersed in a virtual operating room environment. This setting provides the most true-to-life experience and will build your confidence in handling laparoscopic equipment.

Basic/Advanced Suturing & Caesarian Practice

Get your hands on real instrumentation and practice basic to advanced suturing skills including suturing wounds, knot tying, and removing suture/staples. Gain invaluable practice with complex wound closure on a caesarian section model with expert advice!

Ultrasound Guided Central Line Placement

Ultrasound guided central line placement is an in-demand skill! Practice central line placement using the CentraLineMan System, which features clinically relevant landmarks and anatomy. You will be able to practice performing full venous catheterization using ultrasound-guided or blind/landmark insertion approaches at the subclavian, supraclavicular, and internal jugular vein sites. This vascular access trainer also includes accurate internal and external landmarks that are palpable and/or visible under ultrasound.

Lumbar Puncture

Safely master critical techniques for lumbar puncture insertion with Simulab’s ultrasound-guided Lumbar Puncture Trainer. This true-to-life simulator will give you hands-on experience with a mannikin in upright or in a lateral decubitus position. There are features of the lumbar vertebrae, iliac crest, spinous process, ligamentum flavum, and epidural space, as well as simulated cerebrospinal fluid. Feel first-hand what it's like to enter the subarachnoid space and CSF is present.


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This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 14 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 4/29/2023 to 4/29/2024. AAPA reference number: CME-209014. 

Where to Stay

Stay within walking distance from CAMLS downtown! Please note, there are a few events happening the same date as CAMLs, so book your hotel as soon as possible. 

Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF 

Downtown Tampa can be expensive, so if you are looking for a cheaper options, check out Ybor City, Bradenton, and Wesley Chapel.