FPS games to teach medics

by Mark R

In case you are one of those people who think that First Person Shooter games are nothing but a vain activity, then you should know that they are sometimes used to train for combat.

I’m sure that comes as no surprise, as what could be better for training a soldier to go into enemy territory than an FPS game. Believe it or not, these are also being used to train medics.

What you are seeing here are screenshots from the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulation (TC3), and this FPS is the game you want your medic to play.

Sure, you want the medic to also be a trained doctor, but do you think that they cover how to treat wounds on the battlefield in medical school? That is a completely different animal.

Fortunately, the TC3 simulator uses actual combat scenarios from a virtual version of Afghanistan. Now medics-in-training will know a little of what it is like to treat injured soldiers on the battlefield.

One of the skills that TC3 teaches is bedside manner. Yes, this is important when treating a soldier, and all skills are tallied at the end of the game for a final score.

Well, I think we all know that there is a difference between reality an a simulator. I suppose the difference here is the fun of a video game and the real-life Saving Private Ryan D-Day situation.


2 reviews or comments

Connie Lee Says: February 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Ok, I understand the entertainment value, though I have concerns that these games can lead to some, who are not of sound mind, to consider more sinister activities. We must monitor use and consider some of the negative possibilities.

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