Evaluation of Trainees’ Perception of Learning & Academic-self Perception during a Combat Medic Course

Research Paper Title

Combat medic course: evaluation of trainees’ perception of learning and academic-self perception.

Background

In response to the Syrian Civil War, the Turkish Armed Forces has focused its attention on internal security and border operations, thereby cushioning against both the threat of terrorist activities and supporting international peace efforts. This study was performed to evaluate the level of knowledge, skills and any behavioural changes after the combat medic course to enhance future courses.

Methods

A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted between 25 December 2017 and 22 March 2018 using 40 combatant personnel undertaking the combat medic training course. Attendants’ perception of self- sufficiency was assessed using a specifically designed questionnaire using a 5-point Likert-type scale.

Results

Trainee perception of self-confidence had the highest mean increase post course (4.1±0.7). Trainee academic self-perception demonstrated the lowest mean post course score in the domain of “using of the tactical emergency medications and liquids” (3.80±1.02). The highest mean was in the domain of bleeding control (4.63±0.49).

Conclusions

Improvements to specific components of the course have been identified and implemented to ensure greater success in the operational field environment. In particular, the total course hours will be increased and simulation encouraged using the most recent equipment used in the field.

Reference

Çiçek, A. & Çetin, M. (2019) Combat medic course: evaluation of trainees’ perception of learning and academic-self perception. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. pii: jramc-2018-001027. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2018-001027. [Epub ahead of print].

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