I began my medical career as a first responder within the US Army. I was a US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant or Green Beret Medic (18D). We received the civilian NREMT Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Training curriculums augmented with 3rd world-centric medicine and military trauma management training. The training provided to me was thorough and detailed. We were held to a high-performance standard, and patient care mistakes or oversights were unacceptable as our next patients would be in a combat zone.
As we were about to deliver a PerSim system to Austin Community College the other day, I was reminded of the possibilities of how this company can transform the landscape of healthcare training. Last week while we were visiting some fire stations a voice rose from the corner of the room. I could not see his face, but his voice gently boomed across all other noises and sidebar conversations. It was immediately evident in the body language of the other firefighters in the room that this was the voice of someone respected and well regarded. The question, “So, you are going to take 15 years of experience and compress it into this medical simulator?”