NEWS | March 5, 2015

Media Advisory: On-the-ground training for flying eye physicians and nurses

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital's ophthalmologists, nurses to train at UC Davis Center for Virtual Care


Eleven staff from Orbis International, including ophthalmologists and nurses, will further enhance their critical-care skills and build their abilities to work as a team when they train at the UC Davis Center for Virtual Care. The team normally works on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, an ophthalmic teaching hospital onboard a customized DC-10 aircraft to train local eye-care professionals to restore vision and address the leading causes of blindness in developing countries.

Just as commercial airline pilots use simulators to review take-offs and landings, Orbis staff  will be using UC Davis' patient simulators to enhance their clinical skills in addressing life-threatening medical emergencies. The mannequins use sophisticated models of physiology and pharmacology and have been programmed to exhibit a range of complications, from a reaction to an anesthetic drug to an irregular heart beat or cardiac arrest. The activity enables participants to practice common medical procedures and care-team responses, all within a no-risk environment.

The hands-on simulation training and week-long visit are part of a partnership UC Davis and Orbis established in 2014 to work on staff development, fellowships and other initiatives that improve eye health around the world. Other activities during the week include observing live surgeries and best practices in perioperative services, and sharing information on delivering state-of-the-art care for patients with complex and debilitating eye diseases.

When: Tuesday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. - noon

Where: UC Davis Center for Virtual Care, 4610 X Street, Room 3301, Sacramento
(map and directions)


  • Observe physicians, nurses reviewing basic and advanced life support scenarios on patient simulators.
  • Interview UC Davis specialists about how virtual training makes a difference in the operating room and improves patient care.

The UC Davis Center for Virtual Care is a state of the art facility showcasing a trauma bay, operating room, inpatient unit, six-bay simulation area, standardized patient exam rooms, debrief rooms, conference room, student carrels and equipment repair area. It features the latest educational simulators and task trainers and is accredited as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute through the American College of Surgeons.


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