Created: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:45:00 PST
Updated: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:49:35 PST
SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Navy is taking an innovative and cutting-edge approach to training our service men and women. Friday at Naval Medical Center San Diego, officials introduced the Virtual Reality Medical Simulation project. It’s part of a $7.6 million building renovation to enhance the learning environment for students and instructors.
The renovation features two virtual reality rooms; one simulates a shipboard environment and the other a desert. Each has a 20-foot dual projection screen, cutting-edge audio system, smoke machines and movie studio quality props. “Construction of these training spaces will allow students to experience caring for trauma and advanced cardiac life support scenarios in a controlled environment prior to deployment,” Cmdr. Jeremy Hawker said.
The shipboard room can be modified to place students on the forecastle of a destroyer or in an engine room. The second room simulates a third-world village or desert, similar to what troops experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. The virtual reality rooms will be incorporated throughout training to help students prepare not only for testing, but also when they come home from duty. Officials plan to use the rooms for those struggling with PTSD, as a way to help them decompress from the battlefield and transition into everyday life.
The Surface Force IDC school will graduate approximately 160 students every year.