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Measuring Virtual Simulation’s Value in Training Exercises – USMC Use Case

The purpose of integrating virtual simulations proof of concept into this training exercise was to demonstrate the value of virtual devices for providing training to both the primary (battlestaff) and secondary (supporting units) training audiences in addition to the live augmented with constructive simulation (primarily MAGTF Tactical Warfare Simulation (MTWS)) training model traditionally used in this type of exercise. To determine the impact of virtual integration on training efficacy (ability to complete tasks), PM TRASYS was also tasked to conduct an assessment of the training value during the LSE-14 Warm Start and Final Exercise (FINEX). This paper describes the outcome of the data collection, analysis, and recommendations for the virtual integration path forward from a training design perspective. The discussion presents doctrinal updates, measures, and standardization needs for Marine Corps (USMC) LVC training. Read full document

A Modular Interactive Virtual Surgical Training Environment

Safe and successful surgical intervention requires careful planning and precise technical execution. The ideal surgical education and training environment would include repetition, reinforcement, review, and re-evaluation to speed the achievement of required performance levels, focus trainees on critical tasks, and promote the development of competent intraoperative decision making. In practice, students learn how to operate by practicing, under supervision, on real patients. This method subverts the desired objectives due to uncontrollable factors such as random patient availability and diverse disease presentation. An interactive virtual surgical training environment provides a promising alternative by potentially reducing medical error rates, improving the accuracy of intraoperative judgments, and increasing efficiency without the risk to living patients. Read full document

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