Doctors from Brazil came to South Florida to learn how to better handle emergencies when the country hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.
"It's important because they need to train the health care system to respond to visitors speaking different languages from different place," said Dr. Antonio Marttos with Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Marttos is taking a leading role in helping Rio de Janeiro build five new trauma centers ahead of these two huge events.
"So, they are here, they got training on how to work as a team, how to set up a trauma center, a trauma system," said Marttos.
This week, Marttos welcomed a team of physicians and nurses from Rio de Janeiro to undergo mock drills with South Florida trauma doctors. They also had a live tele-medicine demonstration, another way to share information and stay in contact with experts in Miami.
"They saw how we work as a team, how we work with the military," said Marttos. "How safe the people living in Miami-Dade are having a trauma center."
For the next two years, doctors will be traveling back and forth between Miami and Rio de Janeiro. The doctors from Brazil said they were learning a lot.
"It's impressive what we see here because of the organization. That's what were missing in Rio, understanding how to work as a team," said Dr. Flavia Allevato.
"So everyone is going to go to Brazil for the next four years is really going to be safe and we are helping them to do that," said Marttos.
"You'll be safe in Rio, that's for sure," added. Allevato.
The trauma centers, once built, will not only facilitate visitors, but also have the high-tech tools needed to treat athletes who will be in town for the events.