Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness

Post-Conference Course

Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Registration Fee: $125.00

DMEP is a one-day course that is both didactic and interactive. It addresses core competencies as outlined by the ACS COT Disaster and Mass Casualty Management Committee. Major topics addressed include planning, triage, incident command, injury patterns and pathophysiology, and consideration for special populations. Small group discussions are based on illustrative scenarios. DMEP requires pre- and post-course tests, which are reviewed on site. A comprehensive syllabus and supportive resource material are provided.

The intended audience includes acute care providers (surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, ER, OR, ICU, and Trauma nurses, and prehospital professionals) who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters. Other health care providers, administrators, public health personnel, and emergency managers are also encouraged to attend.


  • Understand the surgical problems, injury patterns, and issues that may result from disasters.
  • Discuss the role that surgeons can play in planning for and responding to mass casualty incidents and disasters, especially at a hospital level.
  • Become familiar with the terms and concepts of incident command.
  • Understand the principles and challenges of disaster triage.
  • Become familiar with treatment principles related to blast injury, chemical attacks, and radiological dispersal devices.
  • Know the civilian and military assets available for support.

Core Competencies

  • Epidemiology and History of Disasters
  • Disaster Planning
  • Disaster Response Organization and Execution
  • Medical Management of Mass Casualties
  • Pathophysiology and Patterns of Injury
  • Postdisaster Assessment and Recovery
  • Pitfalls and Barriers in Disaster Planning and Response
  • Understanding the needs of special populations (pediatric, geriatric, disabled)


dmep.jpg Emphasizes an all-hazards approach, demonstrating that many principles apply to disasters of all kinds, regardless of specific mechanism. Surgical problems and the role of surgeons in disasters are emphasized even with nonsurgical forms of injury.