Carefirst Gives $250K to Training Facility


The University of Maryland Medical Center has announced that CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has awarded a $250,000 grant to the capital campaign for the Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education, under the leadership of medical director Samuel A. Tisherman, professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, further extends the robust training tradition at Shock Trauma. Historically, Shock Trauma has provided world-class educational opportunities for faculty physicians, medical and nursing students, visiting health care professionals, emergency medical personnel and other specialists in the management of critically ill and injured patients. Additionally, Air Force surgeons, nurses and technicians have been coming to Shock Trauma for training since 2001 through the Center for Sustained Trauma and Readiness Skills program.

Shock Trauma’s Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education has a 10,000-square-foot medical simulation area with four reconfigurable labs and three adjacent classrooms and debriefing areas. The simulation center supports the development, implementation and continuous evaluation of courses related to trauma and critical-care management. Specifically, CareFirst’s gift will help fund essential training software as well as a clinical mannequin called a “SimMan,” which can physically mimic real-life injuries and distress.

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