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New DoD Grant Helps ARA Improve Combat Casualty Training for Army Medics

November 2011

ARA is part of the team that won the Combat Casualty Training Consortium (CCTC) grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to help improve medical training for DoD personnel.  The $11M grant was awarded to the University of Minnesota Medical School Medical Simulation Program and ARA's Central Florida Division.  ARA is the program manager for the University of Minnesota team.

CCTC objectives are to (1) compare training effectiveness for hemorrhage control, airway management, and emergency medical skills the use of simulation versus live training and (2) based on the results of the comparison, recommend curriculum changes.  The University of Minnesota team is focusing on the hemorrhage control and air management objectives.  The three year effort will run through FY14 and is funded by the Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).

The CCTC is focused on militarily relevant trauma training, and the results of these efforts are intended to ensure and sustain combat readiness and save lives through well validated training methodologies.  Importantly, this will be first extensive comparison of using simulation versus live training for medical skills.  Resulting curriculum and training infrastructure changes will impact most Army medical training by providing a ten year investment strategy for TATRC.

ARA's Central Florida Division has long been involved with military training.  According to David Fowlkes, ARA's lead for the CCTC program, "Being on this team should open doors for follow on work, as well as for related work."  With the expectation of one or two more similar follow-on efforts, participation on the CCTC should keep ARA involved in Army medical training improvements for years to come.