Back to Top Skip to main content

Uniformed Services University Adds COVID 19 Training to Curriculum

Army technician fits soldier with face mask Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Keylon, a bio-environmental engineering technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, Oklahoma Air National Guard, administers a N95 medical mask fit test to Oklahoma Army National Guard Pvt. Connor Boal, a medic with the Oklahoma Army National Guard Medical Detachment, as part of COVID-19 medical response training at the 90th Troop Command Headquarters in Oklahoma City, April 10 - 11. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Schroeder)

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Medical students and advanced practice nursing students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences are now required to complete COVID-19 training as part of their USU coursework.  

The practical online offering, arguably the first of its kind in the nation’s health sciences universities, was initially developed to prepare students who were graduated six weeks early to make them available to the Military Health System in support of the fight against COVID-19. Two USU faculty members, Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Eric Meyer and Army Major (Dr.) Grigory Charny proposed the framework to ensure that the new graduates were ready to safely and effectively join healthcare teams.

The course, “Student COVID-19 Training,” contains content divided into six capability areas that every health professions student should master, including:  

  • Appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure student safety
  • Basics of COVID-19, to include the rapid identification of respiratory failure, which is the leading cause of COVID-19 related mortality
  • Effective Patient Communication to reduce the anxiety and panic of patients seeking help
  • Patient Screening using the most up-to-date tools
  • Obtaining Vitals, including the use of mechanically-assisted vital signs devices
  • Medical Emergency Response, founded on previous Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support training

“During this time of national crisis, we want to ensure that our students and faculty have the proper support and resources to serve and stay safe,” said Dr. Art Kellermann, dean of USU’s F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine.  “Although their education and training is comprehensive, we always emphasize that all military health officers must be able to swiftly adapt to new challenges. This material ensures that when our students interact with patients and their families – whether through telehealth or face-to-face encounters in military treatment facilities, they are ready to do so with knowledge and skill.”

All of the university’s medical school Class of 2020 students completed the training prior to graduating, and the rest of the medical students have until April 15 to finish.  

A team of faculty and 2020 graduates from USU’s Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) further modified the program to better fit the nursing community.  The modified version contains the following content areas:

  • Hospital and primary care testing algorithms
  • Stopping the Spread and Best Practices on PPE 
  • Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family 
  • A mindfulness app and strategies from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Nurse-specific medical emergency training
  • Skills as a registered nurse 

All of the students who recently graduated, as well as those currently in the program, have completed the training, as have many GSN clinical faculty. 

"The GSN faculty, in collaboration with the School of Medicine faculty, developed this training so that our students had updated information to maintain their safety and the safety of their patients in managing this disease. Safety is a priority. The training is also important because it addresses self-care and resiliency strategies that offer help to care for the caregivers."

Kellermann said the School of Medicine is currently working on a more comprehensive version to be available as continuing medical education for practicing physicians in the Military Health System and mobilized reservists.  The nursing modules have already been shared with the Federal Nursing Service Chiefs and nurses aboard the USNS Comfort.

Disclaimer: Re-published content may be edited for length and clarity.  Read original post.

You also may be interested in...

Air Force medical recruiting up while recruiters, applicants serve their communities

Article
6/10/2020
Four  military nurses wearing masks

The pandemic is increasing unemployment rates, driving many people to seek career paths in health sciences and military medicine.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Defending the Homeland: A Determined Descendant and a Navy Hospital's Response to COVID-19

Article
6/9/2020
Image of Navy captain, wearing a mask, standing next to a piece of paper on the wall

Althoff and her team at the Quality Management directorate serve as a locus of coordination for clinical support operations.

Recommended Content:

Public Health | Coronavirus | Heroes Behind the Mask

Defending the Homeland: Putting talent to work

Article
6/5/2020
Three military personnel wearing masks

One seamstress took it upon herself to create face coverings for her colleagues.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

DoD Establishes Collaborative Virus Genetic Sequencing Capability for COVID-19

Article
6/5/2020
Image of two scientists in masks looking at a computer monitor

COVID-19 sequencing process will provide military commanders and other DoD leadership with critical information to guide force health protection decision-making.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Coronavirus | Global Emerging Infections Surveillance

Genetic sequence data for SARS-CoV-2

Infographic
6/5/2020
Infographic describing how DoD was able to conduct genome sequencing on the COVID-19 virus

Genetic sequence data for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes #COVID19, plays a vital role in force health protection efforts within the DoD. To jumpstart sequencing efforts, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch's Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response applied a collaborative approach to sequencing capabilities. Resulting sequence data will provide critical information about transmission patterns, track diagnostic effectiveness, and guide the development and evaluation of medical countermeasures.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Coronavirus | Global Emerging Infections Surveillance

Defending the Homeland: WRNMMC Operates Drive-Up Immunization Clinic

Article
6/3/2020
Nurse giving a shot to a girl; both wearing masks

Parents and others (are encouraged) to maintain their immunization health during COVID-19.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Immunization Healthcare

Communication to ABA Providers Regarding Continued Temporary Authorization to Utilize Telehealth for CPT Code 97156 During the COVID-19 National Emergency

Publication
6/3/2020

TRICARE is announcing the continuation of the temporary exception to policy regarding the use of synchronous telehealth (TH) capabilities (both audio and video) for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Family Adaptive Behavior Treatment Guidance services specifically during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Recommended Content:

Autism Care Demonstration | Coronavirus | TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) Health Plan Reinstatement During COVID-19 National Emergency

Fact Sheet
6/2/2020

Fact sheet explaining that explaining that TRICARE Reserve Select beneficiaries now have five months to reinstate terminated coverage after their last paid-through date before a 12-month lockout period will apply.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | TRICARE Changes and You

The 150th Security Forces Squadron supports NM COVID-19 response effort

Article
5/29/2020
Group of military personnel posting for a picture

The 150th Security Forces Squadron and the New Mexico National Guard’s Joint Task Force COVID-19 are providing support that may not otherwise be available to New Mexico communities and their citizens.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

DoD launches effort to collect COVID-19 convalescent plasma

Article
5/29/2020
Image of man wearing mask and giving blood

Plasma donations needed in the fight against COVID-19

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

DOD COVID-19 Survivor Gives Shoutout to Doctors, Plasma Donors

Article
5/29/2020
Image of soldier sitting on a bench with flowers and a balloon

Bright was the first person in the District of Columbia to receive convalescent plasma.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Building Your Mental Health Through Resiliency

Article
5/29/2020
Soldier walking through a maze

Being able to think about things from a different perspective is critical.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

DoD experts address COVID-19 effects on mental health

Article
5/29/2020
Image of soldier wearing a mask

As the world adjusts to a new normal, here’s how to keep mentally healthy.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Total Force Fitness

'Home sweet home' leaves a sour taste for some quarantine-weary

Article
5/28/2020
Family playing board game

Mental health professionals offer tips on managing during uncertain times

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness

MHS Minute: Military Leading the Charge on COVID-19 Research

Video
5/28/2020
Image of MHS Minute Carousel

The military continues to serve on the front lines of research and treatment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in to the MHS Minute to learn more.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus
<< < ... 11 12 13 14 15  ... > >> 
Showing results 211 - 225 Page 15 of 24

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.