MMC News - Written by on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 17:35

Strategic Operations Hosts Nation’s First Hyper-Realistic™ Intensive Surgical Skills Course for Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

SAN DIEGO — April 30, 2014 — A new emergency room in San Diego will be inundated May 5-8 with trauma casualties and very sick people requiring surgery, and second year medical students will be those performing surgeries.

The trauma will result from overturned cars, active shooters, and improvised explosive devices. All this will occur at Strategic Operations (STOPS) on the back lot of Stu Segall Productions TV/film studio and the ER and operating rooms are simulation labs constructed for a very unique – first of its kind in the nation – Intensive Surgical Skills Course (ISSC).

From May 5-8, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) in Parker, Colorado will conduct its ISSC at STOPS’ Simulated Ambulant Lab. Overhead catwalks and video camera systems enable live viewing and after action review. Numerous live-action, Hyper-Realistic™ simulations of both medical and surgical problems will be created, immersing the participants from point of injury all the way through the ER and OR.

Surgeries will be performed on live humans – wearing Strategic Operations’ simulators called “Cut Suits.”

Twenty-one RVUCOM second-year medical students, many teaching faculty and visiting surgeons and physicians, as well as surgical and ER residents and staff from Balboa Naval Hospital will participate.

“Medical students commonly state that they do not truly understand or recognize a textbook description of a disease or a syndrome until they experience the clinically applicable version of it,” said Strategic Operations Executive Vice President Kit Lavell. “In efforts to reduce the gaps in knowledge and technical skills prior to starting third-year clinical clerkships as well as improve competencies and confidence, this week-long ISSC mimics a General Surgery rotation.

Lavell said the ISSC will utilize the “Cut-Suit,” a human worn surgical simulator, stress-immersion, and other educational modalities in an effort to better prepare RVUCOM’s medical students for their third-year surgical and emergency medicine rotations. RVUCOM was the first medical school to incorporate the “Cut-Suit” into medical student education, and when integrated into an ISSC, it can provide that hands-on experience prior to clinical clerkships by presenting real-life scenarios to medical students in a flexible, safe, efficient and cost-conscious manner.

Rocky Vista University (RVU) is a health sciences university located in Parker, Colorado. RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) was founded in 2006 and opened its doors in August of 2008, enrolling students in its four year program of study leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. The University is located in a 145,000-square-foot contemporary facility on twenty acres, housing the latest in classroom, lecture, laboratory and audiovisual equipment, with additional instruction conducted at numerous teaching hospitals throughout the state of Colorado. Rocky Vista University provides quality healthcare education while inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity and excellence. For more information, visit or call 720-875-2804.

About Strategic Operations
Strategic Operations Inc., on the lot of Stu Segall Productions, a full-service TV / movie studio in San Diego, Calif., provides “Hyper-RealisticTM” training services and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations responsible for homeland security. The company employs state-of-the-art Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, medical simulation systems like the “Cut Suit,” role players, subject matter experts, and training scenarios to create training environments that are the most unique in the industry. Over the last 12 years Strategic Operations has provided Hyper-RealisticTM training support to more than 750,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guard personnel prior to combat deployment. For more information, visit


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