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Combat medic course: evaluation of trainees’ perception of learning and academic-self perception
  1. Ahmet Çiçek and
  2. M Çetin
  1. Department of Military Health Services, Gülhane Health Science Institute, Saglik Bilimleri Universitesi, Ankara, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Col M Çetin; mehmet.cetin{at}


Introduction In response to the Syrian Civil War, the Turkish Armed Forces has focused its attention on internal security and border operations, thereby cushioning against both the threat of terrorist activities and supporting international peace efforts. This study was performed to evaluate the level of knowledge, skills and any behavioural changes after the combat medic course to enhance future courses.

Methods A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted between 25 December 2017 and 22 March 2018 using 40 combatant personnel undertaking the combat medic training course. Attendants’ perception of self- sufficiency was assessed using a specifically designed questionnaire using a 5-point Likert-type scale.

Results Trainee perception of self-confidence had the highest mean increase post course (4.1±0.7). Trainee academic self-perception demonstrated the lowest mean post course score in the domain of “using of the tactical emergency medications and liquids” (3.80±1.02). The highest mean was in the domain of bleeding control (4.63±0.49).

Conclusions Improvements to specific components of the course have been identified and implemented to ensure greater success in the operational field environment. In particular, the total course hours will be increased and simulation encouraged using the most recent equipment used in the field.

  • public health
  • preventive medicine
  • accident & emergency medicine
  • statistics & research methods
  • health services administration & management
  • primary care
  • combat medic

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  • Presented at This research was presented at the 23rd Congress of the Balkan Military Medical Committee (23rd BMMCC—Antalya, Turkey, 11–14 May 2018). It has never been published in any journal before.

  • Contributors The background research, planning and transcription of this study, which was carried out within 2nd Combat Medic Course held under University of Health Science, was done by AC and MC. The Head of the Department of Military Health Services, MC, is the guarantor of both the questionnaire phase and the article writing processes and Mehmet Cetin is the primary person responsible for this education project. The study has been completed with the help of Medical Statistics and English language instructors who work for our university.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval was given by the Saglik Bilimleri Universitesi, Gülhane Non-invasive Investigation Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.