A wall of undulating, decorative acoustic ceramic tiles and “clouds” of acoustic octagonal panels reflect the architectural form and innovative function that distinguish the USCAP Interactive Learning Center.
Situated in an iconic midcentury modern building in Palm Springs, California, the state-of-the-art center was designed to globally broadcast behind-the-microscope instruction and theater-style multimedia presentations by the world’s top pathologists.
USCAP offers the flexible, multi-use venue to businesses and organizations to host, record, edit, and broadcast their meetings, lectures, product launches, training classes, and other programs.
It’s an ideal location for companies to host their top executives or salespeople to participate in an interactive program with their visionary leader, who can appear on a 3D-ready video wall. Architects and many other visually-oriented professionals appreciate the technology’s ability to revolutionize their presentations.
The Powers-Sanchez Interactive Center
Designed by and for pathologists, the two microscopy labs represent the heart and soul of The Powers-Sanchez Interactive Center at USCAP. The world’s top experts converge year-round on the center, forming the elite USCAP faculty that teaches courses in all subspecialties of anatomic pathology. An intimate learning environment, which accommodates a maximum of 34 learners in both labs, encourages mentoring and interaction among instructors and pathologists pursuing continuing medical education (CME). “The center allows registrants from all over the world to be at the microscope with revered experts, understanding the most important aspects of diagnostic criteria and differential diagnostic considerations,” says USCAP Executive Vice President Dr. David Kaminsky.
In addition to its 18-head teaching microscope, each lab is outfitted with 17 personal-use microscopes, allowing learners to preview the same slides prior to communal review with the expert at the multi-head teaching microscope.
“The way people learn has changed dramatically,” Dr. Kaminsky said. "An interactive microscopy laboratory united digitally with a conference center and broadcast studio to create sophisticated educational products is unique in the United States.”
The facility also has ultrasound equipment to instruct pathologists on image-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy, encouraging transformative patient-centered care.
USCAP makes the facility available to other medical groups, including radioloigsts, surgeons, oncologists and dermatologists, to create, capture, and broadcast meetings, educational programs, and other content. USCAP values its Companion Societies and will provide options for Companion Societies to utilize the facility at a special partner rate.
“Palm Springs is the perfect location for the Powers-Sanchez Interactive Center at USCAP,” Dr. Kaminsky said. “Palm Springs attracts people from around the world for the international film festival, for tennis, golf, and concerts. It’s a desirable area that will attract learners in medicine.”
The Linder Learning Center
Guests meet and network in the pre-event space, a modern-designed area with comfortable conversation seating and other amenities on request. A wall of decorative acoustic ceramic tiles separates the pre-event space from the sound stage and conference theater. An adjacent 250-square-foot exhibit area offers a view of downtown Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains.
Conference theater and studio
The conference theater/event space and studio accommodate 60 people seated and more than 100 standing. It has microphones embedded in the octagonal “cloud” panels as well as production lighting, speakers, and four remote-controlled pan/tilt/zoom HD video cameras to capture and allow every participant to be seen and heard as clearly and crisply as the presenter. Meanwhile, the presenter can look at two confidence monitors showing the content on a video wall, which consists of three 98-inch 4k displays (the center one 3-D capable).
Businesses and organizations can produce high-quality interviews, talk shows, product demonstrations, training and other programs in the three-camera production studio outfitted with a green screen and production lighting. The studio offers real-time broadcasting via live-stream webcasting and video teleconferencing, as well as a post production suite where our creative services team can edit, package, and deliver content for distribution.
The control room operates three cameras in the microscopy laboratory classroom and four cameras in the lecture theater/event space, as well as sound, lighting, and the presentation itself. The control room has line of sight to the lecture theater and sound stage, intercom/talk-back, a video switcher to add logos and lower-third graphics, and a web encoder to transmit content to the Internet.