Disaster Medicine Elective

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:

  1. Provide overview of disaster medicine, including the management of mass-casualty events involving biological, radiological, chemical, and explosive injuries, as well as pandemic influenza.
  2. Identify basic process of chemical decontamination, and demonstrate the ability to don and doff personal protective equipment.
  3. Describe the roles of the Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and the Urban Search and Rescue teams in the aftermath of a disaster.
  4. Describe the legal and psychosocial aspects of disaster medicine.
  5. Outline methods by which community agencies (law enforcement, public health, emergency medical services, schools, etc.) interact to coordinate disaster response.
  6. Perform a sample a community or hospital’s hazard vulnerability assessment.
  7. 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.