Preregistration for Disaster Response Service Available Through Friday

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) are at Annual Meeting to assist interested AAOS members with the preregistration process to serve as temporary federal employees during future disasters. NDMS personnel will be available at the International Business Office, Room 228, Mezzanine Level, Moscone Convention Center South, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., today through Friday.

Applicants should bring two photo IDs along with a copy of each ID. Accepted forms of identification include passports, state driver’s licenses, and hospital IDs. NDMS personnel will fingerprint, take photos, and provide information to guide volunteers through the NDMS application process so they can serve as members of a Multi-Specialty Enhancement Team (MSET) or Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).

What are NDMS, MSET, and DMAT?
The NDMS uses individuals with specific expertise and experience within a wide range of professions. For example, individuals with backgrounds in the medical and public health services or emergency management can fill vacant positions on various response teams within NDMS. Each team also has support personnel such as administrative and logistics officers.

MSET is a specialty team formed to support responses that require defined medical assets not usually found in abundance on the NDMS teams. Specialties that comprise the MSET include trauma, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, obstetrics, pediatrics/neonatology, critical care, and anesthesiology. Team members are identified by national professional organizations like AAOS, which nominate individuals to participate in the group. MSET deployments occur during mass-casualty events or when a specific asset is required on a specific mission.

Each member of an MSET will be a temporary government employee. As such, maintenance of employment, such as annual updates of contact information and submission of medical license renewal, is required.

A DMAT is a group of professional and paraprofessional medical personnel designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event. NDMS recruits personnel for specific vacancies, plans for training opportunities, and coordinates deployment of DMATs.

Highly specialized DMATs are designed as a rapid-response element to supplement local medical care and deal with specific medical conditions including crush injuries, burns, and other health emergencies until additional federal resources can be mobilized or the situation is resolved. DMATs deploy to disaster sites with sufficient supplies and equipment to sustain them in providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical care site for up to 72 hours.