In the disaster medicine medical elective, students will learn the fundaments of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery through a Blackboard course.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- Provide overview of disaster medicine, including the management of mass-casualty events involving biological, radiological, chemical, and explosive injuries, as well as pandemic inﬂuenza.
- Identify basic process of chemical decontamination, and demonstrate the ability to don and doff personal protective equipment.
- Describe the roles of the Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and the Urban Search and Rescue teams in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Describe the legal and psychosocial aspects of disaster medicine.
- Outline methods by which community agencies (law enforcement, public health, emergency medical services, schools, etc.) interact to coordinate disaster response.
- Perform a sample a community or hospital’s hazard vulnerability assessment.
- Develop a proﬁciency in analysing a disaster and establishing a list of “lessons learned” and “management pitfalls.”
As part of the elective, students will receive the following incident management certifications from FEMA: ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800.