U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and University of Cincinnati Cooperative Agreement Begins with Grand Opening of CSTARS Simulator Published Feb. 25, 2014 By Michela Greco 711th Human Performance Wing WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute (AFEMSI) has 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 Technology Transfer 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 activity, which will be conducted in a new medical simulation center developed and operated by UC Health at its Cincinnati campus. This CRADA will also enhance the training of Air Force en route care teams, including the USAFSAM Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) and the Tactical Critical Care Evacuation Team (TCCET) training program. Concurrently, the UC Health medical training and research programs will benefit with access to the Air Force simulators, which it will use to train its resident physicians, medical students, nursing staff, ancillary staff, and emergency medical services (EMS) 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 for distinct training courses in the new simulation center.