New Virtual Learning Environment
Over the last two-months, Remote Medical Training has evaluated its methodology and processes for the instruction of remote & wilderness medicine while taking into consideration the challenges COVID-19 has brought to us. We have evaluated our courses and in early May began a pilot program adding the use of virtual instruction to some of our courses. This new instructional method includes:
- Our already successful hybrid learning platform & modules.
- A new virtual learning environment that allows students to engage with an instructor remotely via video conferencing platforms to learn specific skill sets.
- Multiple scenario days with significantly reduced class sizes to allow for safe social distancing and decreased (and safer) instructor to student ratios
We are aware that this is a significant change to the delivery of Remote & Wilderness Medicine. We know there will be challenges along the way however, we have adapted to the situation at hand and utilized the resources available in an effort to provide the best instruction, and subsequently patient care, as possible.
In piloting this new methodology, we have determined it to be an effective solution. This pilot program has been approved by Washington State, allowing us the ability to run our Hybrid-REMT courses, and we plan to implement this methodology into all our courses. This includes Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses. If you are signed up for a course we will be reaching out to you to let you know how these changes may affect your course. We are hoping that by our July H-REMT course and August REMT course, we will be back to normal operations but are not holding our breath.
We are closely monitoring the state and federal recommendations and requirements for our programs and are very hopeful that we will be able to return to our normal operating procedures soon. In the meantime, this adaptation allows us to continue providing medical training when it is needed more than ever. This model will allow us to scale up or down the number of people we bring together at any one time during a course. Our hope is to ensure we help keep our viral footprint to a minimum.
So how does this apply to your course? If we plan to change our standard delivery method of a course we will notify students enrolled in the course one to two weeks prior to allow for time to prepare and adapt to the new method of training. H-REMT and REMT students will be notified two weeks prior to a course.