GLOBAL DISASTER MEDICINE CURRICULUM
In order to provide students with necessary skills for sub-acute disaster response conditions, TEAC has designed a Global Disaster Elective for first and second year medical students.
The introductory component of the Global Disaster Management elective is required as a base curriculum for all TEAC members. Each fall 30 first and second year medical students study both systemic and practical skills useful in local, national, and international disaster response. The curriculum includes procedural skill building sessions in the Temple University School of Medicine Simulation Center, hazmat and decontamination training, mental health and crisis management training, infection control, and mock disaster relief scenarios with awareness of vulnerable populations.
In 2009, TEAC expanded its curriculum to include a second, more clinically focused component. Twelve students, 6 in the fall and 6 in the spring, participate in focused Emergency Department-based training with a mandatory set of competencies in triage and first responder skills. TEAC II also incorporates education in disaster systems management, allowing students to learn first hand how disaster response is orchestrated within the Philadelphia area.
CPR and Wilderness First Aid Training
In addition to the core TEAC curriculum, students can attend training sessions in CPR and Wilderness First Aid. The weekend long intensives focus on first responder skills in situations with limited medical resources. Upon completion of both workshops, participating students are certified in both CPR and Wilderness First Aid and versed in the strategic teamwork necessary in the provision of medical care outside of the hospital environment.