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Medical Department Training

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Medical Department Training

  1. 1. SEABEE OPERATIONAL MEDICAL & DENTAL GUIDE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT TRAINING Return to Administrative Section Welcome Page TRAIN LIKE YOU FIGHT FIGHT LIKE YOU TRAIN Training, by and for medical department personnel, is crucial to the successful achievement of departmental objectives. Limited medical and dental assets, paired with the diversity of potentially hazardous scenarios, dictate the need for all health care providers to function in a high state of medical readines. It is the responsibility of medical and dental department officers to insure the availability and provision of appropriate training assets. Ultimately, BUMED is tasked with the responsibility for professional education and training of all medical department personnel. Provisions of that tasking are outlined in MILPERSMAN 6620100. The Assistant Chief for Education, Training, and Personnel (BUMED-05) is responsible for implementation of policy, administration, and management of health sciences education and clinical investigation programs. The Manual of the Medical Department (MANMED) Chapter 12 provides information and guidelines for all programs covered by BUMED 0-5. The primary goal of medical and dental training is to achieve a level of readiness that allows Seabee health service support (HSS) elements to carry out their wartime mission. Due to the peacetime personnel readiness shortfall within HSS, efforts must be directed toward the goal of developing a nucleus of personnel highly skilled in the techniques of establishing and effectively operating medical facilities on the field of combat. Types of Training • Individual: Training directed toward preparing an individual to perform specific tasks with increasing proficiency. • Unit: Training of unit assets, best conducted in a simulated combat environment, designed to promote unit morale, integrity and teamwork. • Chemical/Biologic/Radiological: Training in the effects of CBR warfare and the indicated response by medical and non-medical personnel. This training is best provided by instructors specifically trained in this field. • Preventive Medicine: All personnel will receive indoctrination in Personal Hygiene, Field Sanitation, Water Purification, and any special protective measures. • Logistics/Supply: Sufficient differences exist between the Navy and Marine Corps supply systems that most Navy training is not directly applicable. Seabee HSS personnel require familiarization with the Marine Corps supply system, since re-supply in the field when in
  2. 2. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT TRAINING SEABEE OPERATIONAL MEDICAL & DENTAL GUIDE support of Marine Corps operations, is through their system. Training program for Nonmedical Personnel The "first responder" to an injury is a critical link in the assessment and treatment of the wounded or injured individual. Often, that first responder is the wounded individual himself or a buddy. With the new OMFTS concept, the role of the first responder takes on even more significance since a corpsman may not be readily available, or otherwise engaged with other wounded. The need for training of all hands in medical first aid, self and buddy aid or more important than ever before. It is important, therefore, that a formal training program exist for the purpose of providing that first responder training. Medical personnel are responsible for instruction of nonmedical personnel in subjects such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, buddy aid, casualty evacuation and use of casualty-handling equipment, personal hygiene, field sanitation, and preventive medicine. Other training such as exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions is now required for all personnel before deployment to at risk areas. Marine Corps handbook P1500.44 series, Battle Skills Training/Essential Subjects, lists and explains subjects that must be taught, and is a good reference for Seabee medical staff. A standardized training plan employed by all units will ensure that at least the minimum requirements are presented. Flexibility will be required to accommodate special situations that will be encountered by individual units. The U.S Army has an excellent series on self-aid and buddy aid which may be used for such training, and may be found at the Virtual Naval Hospital web site at Pipeline Training Prior to reporting to the Seabees, all medical department personnel not having previous medical service training shall be given the Seabee Operational Medical & Dental Guide text/CD for study prior to reporting. Knowledge of this material will be tested both by written examination and under field conditions at the earliest FEX. In addition, all medical department officers will attend a course of instruction in advanced combat life support as soon as practical. The Combat Casualty Care Course (C-4) at Camp Bullis, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, satisfies this need and is offered on a continuing basis. All other required training such as; gaining command indoctrination and mobilization, BLS, first aid/CBR-D, basic proficiency in emergency care, professional advancement requirements (PARS) and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) will be provided as part of the Seabee Operational Medical & Dental training plan. Operational Readiness Training Courses Additional training, such as Medical Management of Chemical Casualties, Global Medicine, Cold Weather Training, and many others, while available, are difficult to access because of time, quotas and funding constraints. These courses have quotas and are controlled by MED-56, to which nominations must be submitted through the chain of command. In most cases, funding is provided by BUMED. It is the responsibility of each medical department to obtain quotas for their staff personnel. The Seabee Operational Medical & Dental Course will cover many of the topics in each of these formal programs, but with a far less degree of completeness.
  3. 3. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT TRAINING SEABEE OPERATIONAL MEDICAL & DENTAL GUIDE Medical Corps Programs • Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (AFHPSP) § AFHPSP was established under the Uniformed Services Health Professions Revitalization Act of 1972 for the purpose of obtaining adequate numbers of commissioned officers on active duty who are qualified in the various health professions. U.S. Navy HPSP policies are delineated in SECNAVINST 1520.8 series. • Graduate Medical Education § Graduate Medical Education programs are provided at four Multispecialty and four Family Practice training hospitals as outlined in MANMED Chap 12. Guidelines and applications procedures are delineated in BUMEDINST 1520.10. A limited number of full-time outservice training positions are sponsored by the Navy. The number of training positions and the availability of outservice training are predicated on the projected specialty needs of the service. • Special Operational Training § Aerospace Medicine training conducted at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola FL. Three 6-month classes are convened each year and include a 6-8 week period of ground school and basic flight training. Undersea Medicine training is conducted twice yearly at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute, Groton Ct, and includes diving, submarine, and nuclear medicine training. Guidelines and application procedures are contained within BUMEDINST 1520.10 series. § The Gorgas Course "Medicine in the Tropics" is a 6 week course conducted at the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama which provides first hand experience in the management of tropical infectious disease. The course is conducted four times per year and participants are selected from U.S. Navy residency programs. • Continuing Medical Education § All Medical and Dental Corps officers are encouraged to participate in appropriate professional health related continuing education experiences. Available funding permitting, authorized participation in at least one course per year is desirable. Funding requests should be submitted in accordance with BUMEDINST 4651.1. • Correspondence Continuing Medical Education § Several Correspondence Continuing Medical Education courses are available through the Naval Education and Training Program Management Support Activity. These courses focus on the operational aspects of medical surveillance programs and topics include: Ø Aviation Medicine Practice
  4. 4. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT TRAINING SEABEE OPERATIONAL MEDICAL & DENTAL GUIDE Ø Clinical Aspects of Cold Weather Ø Food Service Sanitation Ø Heat Stress Ø Immunization Program Ø Insect and Rodent Control Ø Malaria Prevention and Control Ø Principles of Epidemiology Ø Treatment of Chemical Agent Casualties Requests for enrollment is made using NAVEDTRA Form 1510/1 and addressed to: Commanding Officer Code 342 Naval Education Training Program Management Support Activity Pensacola, FL 32509-5000 • Professional Management and Medical Readiness Training Programs § HSETC provides numerous management and medical readiness training programs on an annual basis. The courses cover a wide range of topics and are directed toward personnel of all management and authority levels. Information on these courses is provided by: Professional Management and Operational Readiness Department Code 21 Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command Bethesda, MD 20889-5022 DSN: 295-2333/55 COMM: (301) 295-2333/55 References • Naval Education and Training Manual, Chapter 8-3