Disaster Preparedness and Response Training: Course Information

Required Training for AAOS-Registered Disaster Responders

Disaster Response Course, Developed by SOMOS, Co-Sponsored by AAOS, OTA and POSNA
15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

This training course is designed specifically to help prepare orthopaedic surgeons for the unique patient care requirements and personal challenges presented by the austere environments of disaster. Orthopaedic care techniques critical to disaster-inflicted injuries and treating the wounded in austere environments are taught in a full day of lectures and a half day in a cadaveric skills lab.

Topics addressed include:

  • Clinical skills orthopaedic surgeons need in austere environments
  • Personal and team preparation
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Ethics in medicine
  • Overview of disaster response structures (US Federal Government and NGOs)
  • Lessons learned in previous disasters

Supplemental Training Suggested for AAOS-Registered Disaster Responders
Please note that the training listed below is not orthopaedic-specific. Courses are offered several times a year.

  • Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP)
    American College of Surgeons
    8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    Live course only

    Upcoming course dates

    This course targets acute care providers and addresses disaster planning and triage, injury patterns, and considerations for special populations.
  • Core Disaster Life Support ® version 3.0 (CDLS)
    American Medical Association/National Disaster Life Support Foundation
    3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    Offered live and online

    Upcoming course dates

    The overarching aim of the CDLS Course is to provide participants from diverse professions, disciplines, and backgrounds with a common lexicon, vocabulary, and knowledge in disaster-related medicine and public health that can be reinforced and expanded in the Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®) and Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS®) Courses.
  • Basic Disaster Life Support ® (BDLS)
    American Medical Association/National Disaster Life Support Foundation
    3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    Live course only

    Upcoming course dates

    BDLS ® targets multiple disciplines and is a review of the all-hazards topics including natural and accidental man made events, traumatic and explosive events, nuclear and radiological events, biological events, and chemical events. Also included is information on the health care professional's role in the public health and incident management systems, community mental health, and special needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and/or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Training Modules Offered online
    FEMA Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Program Courses

    FEMA Emergency Management Institute National Incident Management System (NIMS) Courses

    More information about NIMS training

    Please note HHS/FEMA training modules are required for members of National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) teams. Required modules vary by team. Your NDMS contact will be able to provide you with more information.
 

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