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Center for Advanced Training & Simulation



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Jim Hoskins  

Jim Hoskins
Information Technology Manager
Director, MIS Training Center
Phone: (859) 323-5450

Jim Hoskins is the information technology manager for the UK Center for Advanced Training & Simulation (CATS) and the Director of the Training Center. He previously managed the Student Computer Laboratory for the Office of Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine. Mr. Hoskins’ task is to provide not only an efficient teaching area for minimally invasive skills, but also to create a pleasant and comfortable environment for students and residents who frequent the facility. The lab features accurate recreations of operating room MIS setup, virtual reality research, CT and MRI 3D reconstruction research, and experimental procedure simulation design. Another of Jim’s responsibilities is to explore the possibilities of using immersive 3D to provide training scenarios for the residents which they could not experience in any other way. CATS is also productively using the latest telesurgery and teleconferencing technology. The University of Kentucky is one of a handful of institutions that have committed so many resources to providing in-depth training and performance tracking of residents and students.

Margaret Plymale  

Margaret Plymale, MSN, RN
Minimally Invasive Surgery Clinical Coordinator for GI-MIS

Margaret Plymale is the GI-MIS Clinical Coordinator. She provides nursing care and education for GI-MIS patients and coordinates the surgery schedule for the Chief of GI Surgery. She facilitates communication among the patients, staff and physicians and assists with clinical research. Margaret graduated from nursing school in 1980. After graduation, she was employed as a staff nurse and team leader of a surgical floor at the Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV. Since 1982, she has been employed by the University of Kentucky, working several years with surgical patients in the Chandler Hospital and several years with surgical patients in the outpatient clinical setting. Margaret also has many years of experience working in surgical education with both medical students and residents, during which time she was highly involved in educational research.

Gina Greene  

Gina Greene
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Administrative Support Associate I

Gina is the Administrative Support Associate for Drs. Roth, Hourigan and Vargas. She handles all of the MIS administrative duties and has over 22 years’ experience at the University of Kentucky. Gina started out in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1984 and has since worked in the Surgery Chairman’s office as well as in Neurosurgery and Dermatology and with the UK-HMO office before coming to General Surgery.

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