During the 2019 Tallinn CIOMR Summer Congress, our Estonian Hosts invited medical students to attend our sessions. This unique concept, a first for CIOMR in recent memory, was very valuable for our Delegates and the students, alike. To gain more from their experience, we requested post-Congress feedback from the students who participated in most of our sessions including part of the CIOR Symposium.
Their comments (below) are helpful for future planning and pay tribute to the guidance provided by Tiit Meren, who arranged this innovative program.
I was one of the victims (actors) in the CCC (Combat Casualty Care). It was very interesting to see different teams from different countries (try to) give first aid. It’s safe to say, that I learned all the do’s and don’ts, when dressing a chest wound. I found it to be a lot more fun, interesting and easier, to be the casualty, rather than the first responder since I got to improvise, and I didn’t have to worry about giving proper care. Furthermore, as a future interest, to be involved in the army somehow, also sparked in me. The whole drill was very engaging and entertaining, I am very fortunate to have been a part of it.
2nd-year medical student
My experience at the CIOMR Congress was 100% positive. The lectures in the Swisshotel were truly riveting and it was so fascinating to learn about the military world from an insider’s perspective.
The military exercise on the 8th of August was such an amazing experience to take part in. It was really interesting to observe how the soldiers communicated with the “wounded”. Different nationalities also cared for the victims differently. For example, the Finnish were quiet and serious, whereas the Americans were talkative and very reassuring. It was a good lesson on the importance of communication with the wounded patient. It also taught me what to do if someone was wounded.
Overall, I’m really happy I was able to participate in the event and hope that I will get the chance again in the future.
I am writing to you in order to convey my sincere gratitude in showing interest for formalizing a whole program for medical students related to war and catastrophe medicine.
Without further ado, I would like to note that this Congress, and simulation in particular, was one of the brightest highlights of this summer. As for me, it seems that it would never be possible to get to know that much about different countries’ military systems and rehabilitation opportunities, millennial challenges, and remember some points from the first aid, and more. This summer congress was educational not only for reserve officers, but for the medical students as well.
However, would it be reasonable suggesting some tiny changes? Perhaps it would be more beneficial for medical students if, in the next program, there were more lectures on related medical topics. What I am trying to say is that on the 7th of August, we were politely asked to move from the CIOMR lectures to CIOR following the topic of Millennial Challenges instead of rehabilitation.
I firmly believe that this program will be getting more and more attention from our side, the medical students.
National security as a voluntarily taken subject in Estonian high school is pretty popular as well.
In conclusion, overall, I really enjoyed the Congress. Thank you for being there for us!
Wish you all the best,
P/S: You do not have to worry about it that much! We have missed some parts, but later on, we were able to catch up with the main points (we came back sneakily, almost all of us to listen to CIOMR lectures at the end). But thank you for your consideration!
It would be our pleasure to take part in the Summer Congress of 2020 in Belgium, I reassure you!
First of all, I am so thankful for an opportunity to participate in the Congress. I have been thinking about military medicine for a while, but I have not had much information about it. A table-top training, lectures and a competition – they all gave me a better real-world understanding and motivated me to think seriously about being a reserve physician in the army.
As I have never taken part in a military table-top training, the HOSPEX in a Box exceeded my expectations. It was well organized, informative and interesting. I would want to thank all participants for their patience to medical students. They were incredible explaining to us all rules, military vocabulary, and strategy. I came to this training with an expectation that I will just watch and learn. But instead, I was there sending 9-line reports via radio, that I had not even heard about before! I think that was the day I learned the most.
I am glad that I could give my contribution to the MILCOMP, training and educating young military personnel. Also, it gave me a sense how to treat casualties during a combat or civil accident. However, I felt and heard that an evaluation was subjective, that judges were told not to evaluate too strictly. Maybe this assessment should be reviewed and changed, so all participants would be rated at the same objective criteria.
So, here is my feedback, if you will have any additional questions, do not hesitate to write me.
Now, after communicating with Estonian reserve physicians, hopefully, I will participate also at next Summer Congresses.
My name is Olga. I took part in the summer congress from Monday (05.08) through Thursday (08.08).
First of all, I would like to thank you for letting us take part in the Congress. So much experience in such a short time!
It opened for me a whole new world. I understood that civilian and military medicine is inextricably connected. I learned many things about that. It would be good to have the possibility to exercise with military paramedics/physicians and gather their experience.
Tuesday (06.08). It was more than I could have expected. At first, I didn’t understand the task completely, maybe it was a little difficult for «civilian». In the process, when we got all those medical cases, I understood what needed to be done. It gave me a representation of what to do and how to do it in “crisis” situations. This is definitely something that is useful for every medic.
Thursday (08.08) I enjoyed being a victim as it gave me a sense of how to treat a combat casualty or civilian accident. When every team finished the exercise, I was able to listen to the judge’s feedback. I heard what military medics did right and what they did wrong, also the judge was talking about the order of actions, which is important as well. I think medical students could definitely be a part of these conversations next time. I am sure that I will use received knowledge in the future!
Medical student from Tartu University
I am one of the Estonian medical students who took part in the MILCOMP by playing a wounded soldier. Tiit Meren asked us to send you feedback about the event, so here it is:
It was my first time participating in such an event and it could not have been more interesting! The simulation gave me an insight into which types of medical emergencies soldiers in the field might have to face and how to deal with injuries with minor medical equipment. Thank you for this exciting and enlightening experience!
All the best,