Emergency Management

Track Curriculum

The Emergency Management Track will enable students to understand the phase of emergency management: mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.

Track Objectives

  • To understand the incident command system
  • To understand mechanisms of injury in natural and man-made disasters, as well as injuries due to biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear terrorism
  • To learn all aspects of hospital preparedness including emergency operation plans, personal protective equipment, isolation capacity, decontamination capability, etc.
  • To become familiar with federal, state, and local response agency/assets such as the DC Emergency Healthcare Coalition, National Disaster Medical System, and National Response Framework.
  • To understand issues surrounding mass casualty response such as mass triage, surge capacity, mass prophylaxis, volunteer credentialing and multi-agency coordination
  • To understand healthcare and/or organizational vulnerabilities and corresponding mitigation efforts

Track Activities

  Required First & Second Year Activities

  • Attend the Emergency Management Track lecture series
    • Meet the OSO minimum attendance requirement
    • The Track Director may accept attendance at other emergency management related lectures as an excuse on a case by case basis
  • Participate in an Experiential Opportunity in the Summer following first year of at least eight week duration
    • Meet with the EM Track Director to identify acceptable Experimental Opportunity in the summer in the late winter.
    • Students must submit a project proposal including scope of work, a timeline, objectives/goals, and the organization/mentor with which the student will be working including contact information.
    • Military students (HPSP) may use their Officer Basic course to satisfy part of this requirement, but must meet the overall eight week duration by supplementing their summer experience if the Officer Basic course is under eight weeks.
    • After project completion, students are required to submit a 4-6 page paper to include the student’s project scope, the role the student played in the project, how the project changed from the original proposal, and reflections on the experience.
    • Present a summary of the experience in the Fall following the project to the MS I class

  Required Third-Fourth Year Activities

  • Complete the following FEMA Independent Study courses found at http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.aspx by March 31st of the Senior Year
    • Note that you may be required to obtain a FEMA Student ID for access to the on line courses at https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid
    • IS-100.HCb “Introduction to the Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals”
    • IS-200.HCA “Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations”
    • IS-700.A “NIMS An Introduction”
    • IS-800.B “National Response Framework, An Introduction”
  • Scholarly Project will be related to track of study
    • The scholarly project should be a 10 page, referenced paper on a topic related to Emergency Management.
    • Students are required to submit the documentation related to their Scholarly Project to the Office of Student Opportunities via the Medical Professional Development Blackboard site for approval by the Track Director
    • The Scholarly Project/POM IV project MUST be applicable to the Emergency Management Track
    • How does this work relate to the four phases of Emergency Management?
  • Fourth-Elective related to Emergency Management IDIS EM 361 Course
  • Synchronous/continuous
    • Take a 4 week elective at an organization or work on a project in emergency management approved by the Track Director
    • Write a 2 page paper on your elective experience

Track Lecture Series

Topic Areas for Years I & II (sampling)

  • Introduction to the Emergency Management Track
  • How Countries Accept Aid After a Disaster
  • Disaster Recovery: What to Do When Your Ship Sinks
  • Decontamination
  • Pandemic Influenza, Part 1
  • Pandemic Influenza, Part 2
  • The 2001 Anthrax Attacks: A Critical Analysis
  • Surge Capacity: A Discussion
  • The Approaching Storm
  • Fast and Furious
  • Natural Disaster Planning
  • Man Made Incident and Emergency Management
  • Urban Search and Rescue: Environment and Response
  • The National Disaster Medical System and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
  • Biological agents and principles of isolation and prophylaxis; case study of the anthrax attack
  • Chemical agents and principles of decontamination; case study of the Tokyo subway sarin attack
  • Response to radiation disasters
  • Introduction to incident command structure; case study of the first World Trade Center bombing
  • Healthcare system emergency preparedness
  • NDMS response to the Florida hurricanes of 2004
  • The Toronto SARS experience
  • Collapsed structure rescue; case study of the Turkish earthquake
  • The 2005 presidential inauguration and the role of the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Humanitarian disaster relief
  • The terrorist attacks of September 11th
  • Psychological response to terrorism
  • Personal preparedness for disasters

Other Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Students will have opportunities to work with faculty members on projects, research, and publications
  • Students will have opportunities to sit in on other related subject matters to Emergency Management