Mobile learning module improves knowledge of medical shock for forward surgical team members

Carl I. Schulman, George D. Garcia, Mary M. Wyckoff, Robert C. Duncan, Kelly F. Withum, Jill Graygo

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Objective: Acute trauma care is characterized by dynamic situations that require adequate preparation to ensure success for military health professionals. The use of mobile learning in this environment can provide a solution that standardizes education and replaces traditional didactic lectures. Methods: A comparative evaluation with a pre- post test design regarding medical shock was delivered via either a didactic lecture or a mobile learning video module to U.S. Army Forward Surgical Team (FST) members. Participants completed a pretest, were randomly assigned to treatment group by FST, and then completed the post-test and scenario assessment. Results: One-hundred and thirteen FST members participated with 53 in the mobile learning group and 60 in the lecture group (control). The percent mean score for the mobile learning group increased from 43.6 to 70 from pretest to post-test, with a scenario mean score of M = 56.2. The percent mean score for the control group increased from 41.5 to 72.5, with a scenario mean score of M = 59.7. The two-way analysis of variance mean score difference was 26.4 for the mobile learning group and 31.0 for the control, F = 2.18, (p = 0.14). Conclusions: Mobile learning modules, coupled with a structured assessment, have the potential to improve educational experiences in civilian and military settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1316-1321
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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