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Special Operations Combat Medic Course (SOCM), takes a student with little to no knowledge of medicine and begins teaching him medical fundamentals. This provides a base on which to build upon as the ensuing modules become increasingly more difficult, with the end product to the combatant commander being a trauma specialist trained in warfare related injuries. The Force Reconnaissance Corpsman receives NEC-8427. Upon completion of SOCM, E-4 and below Corpsmen and medics move on to an operational unit as a Special Operations Combat Medic, while E-5 and above Corpsmen and Medics will go to an operational unit or have the opportunity to attend the Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman course (SOIDC).
This is the first section of training. It covers pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, basic physical exam techniques, and medical documentation. During the anatomy and physiology section, our students are privileged to use the cadaver lab located in the schoolhouse facility.
This training covers AHA Basic Life Support, advance airway management, patient management skills, pre-hospital trauma emergencies and care, advance trauma tasks/skills, pre-hospital trauma emergencies and care, advanced trauma skills, operating room procedures, and minor surgical skills. Students take the NREMT-Basic examination after completing these subjects. Included in the Trauma Modules is the Advanced Tactical Practitioner phase. This covers obstetrics and pediatric emergencies, cardiac pharmacology, training in combat trauma management, PEPP, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
The students then go on the -Paramedic clinical rotation and field internship at one of several Level I Trauma Centers on the east coast. This consists of 2 weeks of ambulance, 2 weeks of hospital. The hospital training consists of rotations in the emergency department, labor and delivery, surgical intensive care, pediatric emergency department, and operating room. Ambulance training consists of assignment to an Advanced Life Support EMS unit responsible for responding to a variety of 911 emergency calls.
The last phase of training is conducting Sick Call procedures. This covers the care of routine walk-in patients under the supervision of a physician or physician’s assistant at one of the many clinics at Fort Liberty (formally Fort.Bragg).
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