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Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP)

Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Ad Hoc Committee on Disaster and the Mass Casualty Committee on Trauma, Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) prepares healthcare professionals for a potential mass casualty event. With an emphasis on preparing students for all types of hazards, the one-day course includes informative lectures and hands-on, group interactive scenarios.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 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 the 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

Length of Course

DMEP is a one-day course.


All students: $100


  • Disaster Planning
  • Incident Command
  • Triage
  • Hospital procedures
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Considerations for special populations
  • Injury pattern recognition, including injuries from blasts, burns, and exposure to chemicals and radiation

Target Audience

  • Acute Care Providers (Surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, ER, OR, ICU and trauma nurses; pre-hospital personnel)
  • EMS Personnel
  • Administrators
  • Public Health Personnel
  • Emergency Managers