With the considerable increase in battle casualties in remote locations throughout the world, the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) has taken on increased importance. The AFMS Surgeon General (AFMS/SG) contracted ICF International in April of 2007 to manage the integration of leading-edge medical simulation and modeling into the basic and continuing medical education of the AFMS at all provider levels
The primary goals of this ambitious initiative were to:
- Integrate modeling and simulation technology into all training and education sustainment platforms
- Build a Distributed Human Patient Simulation (DHPS) Network
- Operate Medical Simulation Centers of Excellence
At its core, this challenge required a focus on designing and implementing standardized processes and systems across decentralized operational platforms and difficult-to-navigate command structures. In addition, the project was further complicated by the inherent challenges found in addressing competencies that spread across a wide-range of Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC), Readiness Skills Verification (RSV) program delineations, and the full reach of casualty care solutions, including Hospital-based Level I Trauma care; Combat-based Point of Injury care; Expeditionary Medical System (EMEDS) based care, and Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) based care.
To successfully launch this ambitious initiative, ICF began with the completion of a baseline inventory and gap assessment of the AFMS resources, capacity, and needs through site visits, surveys, and data collection tools. The recommendations of this research ranged from policy issues to infrastructure development, and comprehensively addressed the procedural, personnel, and equipment acquisition that is necessary for the successful use of simulation throughout the AFMS. Following the acceptance of a comprehensive baseline report, ICF successfully recruited, hired, and placed simulation center coordinators and simulator operators across a dozen AFMS Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), and university-based medical centers. ICF then tackled the challenge of incorporating standard taxonomies and classifications for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating simulation-based training operations across the AFMS, in addition to rolling out the use of a standard curriculum development process, a broad set of simulation training templates, and a full array of associated learning evaluation tools.
ICF’s ongoing operations and support of the AFMS HPS program continues to grow and currently includes the management of over 30 specialized staff working full-time onsite across AFMS medical simulation centers, partnering university and private medical treatment facilities, and at the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) program for Medical Modeling and Simulation at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
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