ICF International Provides Medical Simulation Strategies to U.S. Military
Since 2007, ICF International has partnered with the U.S. Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) in providing support to the Air Force Medical Modeling and Simulation Training program, a system-wide network designed to deliver leading-edge basic medical education and continuing training to all medical personnel. ICF provided assistance in developing the hub and spoke organizational network that formed the basis for information sharing and lessons learned. ICF’s 2007 baseline assessment of simulation staff and equipment for 80 Military Treatment Facilities and 5 affiliated university-based Level 1 Trauma Centers assisted in developing an initial gap analysis and follow-on equipment procurement strategy.
ICF has continued to provide program management and operations support to Air Force and civilian-affiliated simulation centers, assistance in identifying and tracking performance metrics, and validation research on effectiveness and new technology development. ICF tackled the challenge of incorporating standard taxonomies and classifications for simulation-based training operations across the AFMS and implemented the use of a standard curriculum development process, a broad set of simulation training templates, and full-array of associated learning evaluation tools.
From the ICF Website:
“The training of medical personnel is critical to saving lives. New learning strategies and technologies are being introduced to the medical community with the intent of ensuring that medical personnel are well-prepared to face ever-increasing challenges—whether at home or on the battlefield.
ICF brings the knowledge and expertise to its clients with:
Systems Approach—based on proven instructional strategies and integrated with advanced training technologies
Sound Instructional Approach—combined with the right technological solution to achieve top performance when practicing medical procedures
Leveraged Research—to advance state-of-the-art medical simulation and training technology, including exploration of simulation-based gaming technologies and advancement of authenticity in medical simulations
ICF’s approach begins with an analysis of training and performance requirements and adheres to the proven principles of instructional systems design. We bring specific learning objectives, learning activities, performance assessment, and feedback in order for learning to take place.
Our design and development efforts are driven by the learning requirements as well as the customer needs and any constraints (such as financial or schedule). Once we have developed the training, we evaluate the effectiveness of the training in terms of achievement of desired results. We are solution-neutral and focused only on achieving the desired results.
ICF uses an interdisciplinary team comprised of instructional systems designers, performance technologists, medical experts, and technical experts in simulation technology, all focused on delivering performance improvement. By staying abreast of advancements in methodology and technology, we leverage those advancements to deliver state-of-the-art solutions. Through modeling and simulation, we conduct research in virtual environments and apply innovative applications of these promising approaches to training tasks.”
Learn more about:
- ICF’s Distributed Medical Simulation Training Protocols Project
- ICF’s Medical Simulation + Training Program
- ICF’s Modeling, Simulation, + Gaming
- ICF Careers (Medical Simulation Jobs Are Usually Posted Around The World)
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.