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Evaluation of Highly Realistic Training for Independent Duty Corpsmen Students

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Technical Report,01 Feb 2013,31 Jan 2015

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Naval Health Research Center San Diego United States

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Highly realistic training for Navy corpsmen simulates real-life operational situations with the use of battlefield scenarios, live actors, cut suits, and pyrotechnics. In this study, a sample of corpsmen students attending the Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School in San Diego participated in highly realistic training. The objectives of this study were to 1 assess the corpsmen participants satisfaction with highly realistic training, and 2 determine the impact of highly realistic training on participants self-efficacy, perceived readiness, and career intentions. Corpsmen participants expressed high levels of satisfaction with the training overall and with specific elements of the training. Comparisons of pretest and posttest survey responses revealed that the training produced significant increases in participants levels of occupational, and task-specific self-efficacy, as well as their perceived readiness. Overall, these results suggest that highly realistic training is a useful and effective method for training corpsmen. It is suggested that highly realistic training be extended to other populations of military medical providers.

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