How the Human-worn Surgical Simulator (“Cut Suit”) is being used in Surgical Education

An update 16 January 2017


Strategic Operations, Inc. (STOPS) developed an Intensive Surgical Skills Course (ISSC) with Dr. Anthony J. LaPorta and Rocky Vista University (RVU) Osteopathic School of Medicine in Colorado. Here are links to the May 2015 ISSC week, the fourth annual event we held here at our facilities which featured the patented Human-worn Surgical Simulator (“Cut Suit”) and hyper-realistic, immersive, interactive simulations from point-of-injury (overturned cars, high-rise fires, industrial accidents for civilian scenarios – to RPGs, IEDs, and explosions for military scenarios), with Federal and local firefighters, police, SWAT Teams, EMTs, paramedics, and military personnel participating:


Here is a link to YouTube recap video of the first day’s events:;  CNN:; KPBS-TV segment from Wednesday 6 May 2015 on the Evening News: -come -san- diego-real-life-train/ ; ABC News— -get-hyper -realistic-tactical -training-050515; A front page article in the San Diego Union-Tribune:


The American College of Surgeons/AEI in March 2015 called the ISSC curriculum a “best practice.”


STOPS conducted the Fifth Annual ISSC week 2 May through 5 May 2016. The next one is scheduled for 1 May to 5 May 2017.


Here is an experiment last year to conduct damage control surgery in a weightless environment: .


STOPS conducted a live, interactive, immersive active-shooter scenario at our facilities that was broadcast live to the Trauma Conference International 2016 at the Hotel del Coronado:


And here is an email that Dr. LaPorta received on 12 January 2017 from one of his students who went through ISSC two years ago and who graduates in May.  1st Lt Anthony Garzone USA will be going to Ft Gordon on active duty after graduation. I think this says more than any video or statistics about how realistic training better prepares one for stressful environments.


From: Anthony Garzone
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:57 PM
To: Dr. LaPorta (
moc.l1484860745oa@gr1484860745uslja1484860745); Dr. Anthony LaPorta
Cc: Deidre McGee
Subject: trauma 


Dr. LaPorta,


I hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to let you know about an experience I had this morning. I was on my way to work in the Springs when I witnessed a car hit 5 small children. One girl was trapped under the back wheel. Myself and several guys lifted the car off her and I went to work. I took charge instinctively and immediately started my primary survey. 


The whole time I could hear your voice along with everyone else’s voice from cut suit week yelling in my head to “Do they have an airway?! Make them breathe!” etc etc. 


I felt comfortable and calm during the event and with help from a stranger I was able to do a full primary and secondary survey. As well as, give a good coherent sign off to both the 911 dispatch as well as the EMTs once they arrived. 


I must admit, I do not think I would have been as calm or confident (or even knew what the hell I was doing for that matter) without the basic training we got in San Diego. 


With that, I wanted to say thank you for your hard work and what you and the rest of the guys do at cut suit week for us students. I did not realize the true value of it until today. 


Anthony Garzone



On the lighter side, an entire chapter in Mary Roach’s current best-selling non-fiction book titled Grunt features STOPS, the Cut Suit, and Hyper-realistic training:

SDBJ-Adding Civilian Scenarios to Military

MTT-Training for the Urban Terrain

‘Cut suits’ give a slice of realism to training

“Cut Suit” makes drill frighteningly realistic

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