Disaster and Counter-Terrorism Medicine

Course overview

All Disasters Are Local

You never know when a disaster or terrorist attack will happen, but when it does, you know you will be responding. During those early hours, your resources will be limited and stretched thin. You may also be at risk for secondary targeting or other scene safety issues unique to asymmetric terrorist attacks.

Knowing the skills and strategies of disaster and counter-terrorism medicine will help you respond in your community.

Program Overview

The library of 48 online presentations covers the most important topics of disaster medicine and the new field of counter-terrorism medicine, including mitigation, preparedness and response strategies, and specific disaster scenarios such as earthquake, hurricane, CBRNE and asymmetric terrorist attack.

The content was developed by and features the narration of Gregory Ciottone, M.D., FACEP, an international expert in the field of disaster and counter-terrorism medicine.

The series of presentations provides convenient and broad access to individuals and groups who will be tasked to respond when disaster strikes.

Please note this lecture series does not qualify for continuing education (CE) credits.

About Dr. Ciottone

Dr. Gregory Ciottone is considered a leading expert in disaster and counter-terrorism medicine. He is a U.S. board-certified emergency physician and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he is the director of the only disaster medicine fellowship program at a Harvard teaching hospital.

Dr. Ciottone has appeared as a subject matter expert on multiple news outlets including CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC, and he has given TEDx talks on counter-terrorism medicine and crisis leadership, the latter based on his experience commanding a federal disaster team at Ground Zero on 9/11. He has shared his valuable knowledge of disaster and counter-terrorism medicine in over 30 countries, and through his sustainable consulting projects he has trained over 75,000 healthcare professionals worldwide.

In 2006 Dr. Ciottone published Disaster Medicine by Elsevier, considered by many as the definitive textbook at the time. The second edition, published in 2016 and titled Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, was named the leading textbook in the field by the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Disaster and Counter-Terrorism Medicine Presentations

The series of 48 presentations covers a wide range of topics necessary for every first responder, providing guidance on how to be prepared before, during and after a disaster or terrorist attack occurs.

  1. Introduction to Disaster Medicine
  2. Overview of Disaster Response
  3. The Disaster Cycle
  4. Disaster Medicine in the Field
  5. EMS Disaster Operations
  6. Hospital-Based Disaster Operations
  7. Psychology of Terrorism
  8. Community-based Disaster Resiliency
  9. Operational Continuity
  10. Disaster Planning-Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
  11. Hospital Preparedness
  12. Tabletop Drills
  13. Building Surge Capacity
  14. Personal Protective Equipment
  15. Command and Control
  16. Scene Safety
  17. Search and Rescue
  18. Communications
  19. Operations and Logistics
  20. Interagency Response
  21. Disaster Triage
  22. Collection/Medical Stabilization
  23. Field Trauma Care
  24. Mass Casualties
  25. Hazardous Materials Event Quarantine
  26. Decontamination
  27. Post-Disaster Infectious Diseases
  28. Complex Disaster Response
  29. Tactical EMS
  30. Staying Healthy in Austere Environment
  31. Hurricane
  32. Tornado
  33. Earthquake
  34. Flood
  35. Tsunami
  36. Fires
  37. Pandemics
  38. Complex Humanitarian Crises
  39. Manmade Disasters
  40. Explosions/Bombings
  41. Building Collapse
  42. Wars and Violent Conflict
  43. Terrorist Events
  44. Weapons of Mass Destruction
  45. Radiation
  46. Chemical
  47. Biologic
  48. Lessons Learned- Pearls for the 21st Century
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