| Bioskills Training Center to Debut at NMCSD

SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is scheduled to unveil a major upgrade to one of its training facilities during a grand opening ceremony April 23.


NMCSD has renovated its 450-square-foot Surgical Training Lab and expanded it into a 2,100 square foot Bioskills Training Center (BTC).


The $5 million facility can accommodate up to 40 medical personnel and 10-12 supplementary personnel at eight full cadaver stations or 16 partial specimen stations. The BTC mission is to support NMCSD's mission of operational readiness, patient care, and staff and resident medical education. BTC provides courses to teach advanced surgical skills, enhance and hone existing skills, provide opportunities for patient-specific procedure development, and provides a venue for introduction of new technology, new procedures, and innovative development by Navy researchers.


The BTC has been set apart from other training facilities in the fact that it is qualified as both 'macro' and 'micro'-the only such training facility of its kind throughout the Department of Defense-meaning it can accommodate the study of both larger and smaller specimens and is well-suited for nearly any type of biology training.


Courses offered will include advanced anatomy and dissection, individual study and practice, deployment preparation, surgical skills enhancement, and research. In fiscal year 2011, the Surgical Training Lab educated 2,197 physicians during 279 events, totaling 7,510 man-hours of training.


The grand opening of the BTC is scheduled for April 23 at 10 a.m., and the facility will remain open until 3 p.m. to showcase the Bioskills Training Center's capabilities.


Media interested in attending the event are required to RSVP no later than noon Friday, Apr. 20th to Petty Officer Stacee Puscian at (619) 532-9380, or anastasia.puscian@med.navy.mil for credentialing and base access. Participants will be available for interviews after the ceremony has concluded. For more information on Naval Medical Center San Diego, visit http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd or www.facebook.com/NMCSD.