Trainer’s den

unconventional educationAs the Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical community is heading back to its roots in prolonged field care (PFC), we will be challenged to provide first-world care in resource-constrained environments. Given ultrasound is a very compact and quite versatile diagnostic and monitoring tool, we must empower the SOF Medics with the PFC-relevant sono skills. 

We recognize that preparing and teaching an entire SOLCUS/SOF ultrasound course from scratch is very demanding and awfully time-consuming for the instructor. Therefore in the following podcast we share a number of ideas on how to simplify the process:

Flipped classroomWe suggest:

  • Flipped classroom approach to core concepts;
  • Case-based (sim) and hands-on training in the  actual classroom setting; 
  • Maintaining familiarity rather than sustaining proficiency;
  • Introducing tele-ultrasound in support of education and medical decision making. 

Flipped classroom is a novel approach to education which has proven to be quite effective. In such a setting your students start with a preview of condensed course material online, and then show off what they’ve learned, while solving practical problems during the actual in-class encounter. Thanks to this strategy we can remedy the low supply of ultrasound educators in the military, as a sono-savvy and enthusiastic SOF Medic could be potentially mentored into a great peer-instructor. 

This brief lecture was given at the Joint Trauma System Combat Casualty Tele-Conference # 500, on Feb 18th, 2016. Once again – many thanks to the JTS Team for their kind invitation!

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