Objectives Of The Fellowship Program

Administrative

  • Acquire skills in regional emergency response plans and concept of operations nomenclature & basic disaster principles 
  • Terminology and professional vocabulary associated with disaster medicine.
  • Classification of disaster events
  • Develop the skills to understand and apply the National Incident Management System IMS (NRF, NIMS, HICS, ICS)
    • Purpose, structure, responsibilities, organization, span of control, and unified command (NRF, NIMS, ICS)
    • All-Hazard Medical Management of Incidents and Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)
  • Sorting patients according to care demands, considering available resources.
  • Gain skills of disaster preparedness exercises; “Hospital Exercise Design”
    • A fabricated scenario that tests an agencies or facility ability to respond to specific aspects of the disaster plan

Disaster Medicine Skills

  • Education & training
  • Development of Effective Leadership Skills
  • Critical thinking/ situational 
awareness
  • Perception of environmental elements within a given time and space and projection of the change in the status of these elements in the near future

Research

  • Understand the fundamentals of disaster research including the unique characteristics that separate it from traditional research approaches
  • Critically analyze existing disaster literature
  • Develop proposals for important research questions for the future of Disaster Medical Sciences

Specific courses and seminars available for the fellows are listed in files below.

Prehospital

  • Learn how triage systems work
  • Understand casualty flow management and tracking.
  • Gain familiarity with communications systems and casualty-dispatch management in mass casualty incidents.
  • Develop knowledge of unique hazards and scene safety during disasters
  • Role of EMS in Emergency Management
  • The emergency medicine system is a large component of the public health agencies in every region

Hospital

  • Learn how the Hospital Incident Command System functions
  • Describe hospital decontamination protocols for chemical, biological and radiological hazards.
  • Understand the principles of maximizing hospital surge capacity
  • Develop skills in the allocation of scarce resources during the disaster

Clinical

  • Acquire skills in the evaluation of trauma patients with penetrating and blast injuries
  • Learn to diagnose and manage hazardous materials casualties
  • Master mass causality and large-scale event management
  • Gain skills in mass casualty management, planning, reevaluation of resources, preparing for a second surge and utilizing the data and the experiences gained to improve future responses and research.