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Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) are identifying new and innovative ways to deliver healthcare training to America’s military.

In an effort to efficiently deliver educational content and courses to medical professionals, the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) is now offered through video teleconference between the two military treatment facilities. This course is being developed as a best practice for the military to ensure knowledgeable and highly-trained medical professionals are available.

Pursuing continuing education courses through video teleconferencing (VTC) is also wrought with possible budgetary savings, according to FBCH and WRNMMC officials. Medical facilities can maintain skill and competency levels without travel costs and other associated expenses, they added

“We started planning this VTC as a different medium to get the information to our students,” said Robert Lane, continuing education program director at Belvoir hospital. “By offering the class here, we have ample parking and education space which can potentially help decompress parking and classroom space [at WRNMMC].”

Beginning last fall, the Emergency Nurses Association made a policy change, allowing video teleconferencing of the TNCC course. Lane and his WRNMMC counterpart, Lt. Cmdr. Linna Walz, assistant service chief staff and faculty development, decided to pool resources and divide the 14 course lectures to reach the maximum amount of students.

Walter Reed Bethesda sent volunteer instructors and faculty to support the first instructor and provider courses held at FBCH in April.

“We anticipate all TNCC courses will be video teleconferenced between WRNMMC and Belvoir hospital for the next fiscal year,” Walz said. “VTCing the program will really open up possibilities for smaller hospitals or reserve centers who can’t sustain a program site without instructor support.”