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Distributed Medical Training for Force Mobilization and Disaster Response

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Sonalysts, Inc.
215 Parkway North P.O. Box 280 Waterford, CT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Distributed Medical Training for Force Mobilization and Disaster Response
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-04-M-0068
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Training is critically needed to prepare physicians of various specialties to perform trauma care when mobilized on military missions or operations. The goal of Sonalysts' and the University of Maryland's Medical Center is to design a scenario-driven, real-time, simulation-based training system to close the gap between prior experience and likely future demands on physicians' skills. Our research will focus specifically on training rapid evaluation of potential abdominal trauma by conducting a Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) examination. We will examine the feasibility of integrating ultrasound simulations with existing medical, case-based, electronic tutoring software. We will conduct a task analysis of FAST medical diagnosis and design a training system that incorporates the latest in instructional methods. We will foster apprenticeship learning through a learn-by-doing approach, with training scenarios presented in a narrative format to provide engaging and authentic context. An online coach will provide analogical comparisons, automatically generated hints and immediate remedial feedback. Identifiable features on the ultrasound images will contain active links, and normal and abnormal patient ultrasounds will be viewable for comparison. Students may select virtual patient views from any of the predetermined FAST viewpoints. Self critiques may be compared with computer-generated intelligent critiques during opportunities for reflection.

Principal Investigator:

Margaret Bailey
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Denise Grudier
Contracting Officer
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215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280 Waterford, CT 06385

EIN/Tax ID: 060902362
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No