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Conemaugh Partners with area Army Reserves on Battlefield Readiness
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Posted: 2011-05-05

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Menoher Boulevard parking lot will look and sound like a battlefield this weekend when Educators with Memorial’s Medical Skills Learning Center (MSLC) create a scenario intended to help area army reserve medics who may be redeployed in the near future.  

The “Just in Time” Training Module will include lectures, hands-on skill training stations and simulated trauma/ evacuation test stations. Eight Army Reserve medics from the 458th Engineering Battalion will be evaluated on their triage skills, injury assessment and care, preparation of patients for evacuation, team leadership and more.

“This is another example of the unique educational opportunities we can create with Conemaugh Memorial’s Medical Skills Learning Center,” says Dr. James Gregory, Conemaugh Physician Group general and critical care surgeon and Director of the MSLC. “With this program we can help reserve forces, who are unable to practice mission essential skills on a regular basis, by providing them with a two day refresher course which will allow them to revisit and maintain previously learned skills while learning some new skills in the process.”

Highlights of the course will include a three hour mock drill in which army reserve medics, in teams of two, will have to deal with a simulated attack, figuring out how to help four fallen comrades while at the same time keeping themselves from harms way.

The medics will be evaluated by several people including two of their own reserve members who will help teach the two day program. 1st Lieutenant Brandy Day and 1st Lieutenant Eric Farabaugh, both Physician Assistants at Conemaugh Memorial, are officers of the local reserve.  

Course Director, Dr. Gregory was a commander in the US Naval Reserves and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. Co-Director Dr. Russell Dumire, also a general and critical care surgeon with Conemaugh Physician Group served as a Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force.

This weekend’s training scenario is a pilot program for what could someday become a wider initiative through the American College of Surgeon’s (ACS) Accreditation of Education Institute (AEI) program. “The hope is to study this course, modify it if necessary and determine if it could be used for other medical reservists throughout the country through the consortium of ACS/AEI centers,” adds Dr. Gregory.

The MSLC at Memorial is one of only 58 Level One accredited centers worldwide and the only Level One Center in Western, Pennsylvania. To date nearly 7-thousand individuals have received training at the MSLC representing numerous fields including medical residents, physicians, nurses, EMS providers and Allied Health students.     The MSLC is located in the Good Samaritan Building on Memorial’s Main Campus. For more information log on to www.conemaugh.org or call (814)-534-1654.


About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
ConemaughMemorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial was recently recognized with the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award 2011, for clinical outcomes among the Top 5% in the nation.

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