Health Care Emergency Management is a four year longitudinal program that begins in the first week of the first year of medical school that engages the student in the management of emergency medical situations and the role of the student in emergency and disaster systems based practice.
First Responder (Year 1) course is designed to help students develop the skills so they can stand prepared and confident when a medical emergency arises, either within or outside of a health care facility. Specifically, students learn to conduct an initial assessment to determine patient stability and perform key critical treatments such as CPR (including earning healthcare provider certification) to get a patient stable until additional medical assistance arrives or the patient can be transported to an emergency facility.
Disaster Preparedness (Year 2) provides an introduction to disasters, and preparedness for natural disasters, including flood, fire, hurricane/tornado, tsunami, and earthquake, as well as man-made disasters, such as explosions. The students learn to work on an inter-professional team that includes EMTs, emergency nurses and physicians and learn to perform medical triage on simulated wound injures. Students also become credentialed in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) before they proceed into their third year rotations.
Terrorism Preparedness (Year 3) focuses on acts of terrorism, with an emphasis on bioterrorism and chemical warfare. Through a simulated bioterrorism event, students learn to work as a member of an inter-professional team in the event of such a disaster.
Emergency Medicine Preparedness (Year 4) provides a capstone experience that provides opportunities for self-directed learning. Students also complete re-certification for BCLS and preparatory work for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Certification in preparation for their residency.