Articles - Disaster Medicine

Physicians: Are You Ready?

When it comes to any emergency situation, preparedness is of the utmost importance, particularly among physicians who are heavily relied upon to respond in times of crisis. When a disaster occurs – be it manmade or natural – it is up to the healthcare community to provide immediate, high-quality care to those affected and also be prepared to provide continuing ...

Lessons in Disaster Medicine Learned from Recent Acts of Terror

First responders serve a critical role in the immediate aftermath of disaster situations, running toward the chaos to provide life-saving care to those who need it. It is easy to take for granted that physicians trained in disaster medicine will be available to help treat patients in various conditions after an attack, but this response doesn’t happen without incredible coordination ...

Physicians Play a Key Role in Community Preparedness – A National Disaster Preparedness Month Reminder from the ABODM

The American Board of Disaster Medicine® and the American Board of Physician Specialties® urge physicians to remember the key role they play in community preparedness as part of National Disaster Preparedness Month this September. While disaster medicine and emergency preparedness are often associated with major storms and acts of terrorism, the emergencies that most communities face every day tend to ...

Doctor Heidi Cordi Offers Advice to Physicians Considering Volunteering in Disaster Relief

In times of disaster, many physicians wish to volunteer their time and expertise to help in the recovery effort. It’s in a physician’s nature to want to help those in need, and the aftermath of an disaster can create a significant short-term demand for medical professionals with the training to help victims who need immediate medical attention. Yet, while volunteering ...

Keeping Your Practice Healthy in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Without question, one of the best ways to keep your practice healthy in the aftermath of a disaster is by being prepared. While no one ever really expects a disaster to strike, it is essential that physicians prepare their practices for all manner of unexpected events – ranging from the relatively small, like losing a laptop or thumb drive, to ...

The Relationship Between Disaster Medicine and Active Duty Military Physicians

Physicians are well known for their willingness to respond during times of crisis. When disasters occur, we trust that highly trained and experienced medical professionals will be on hand to assist in recovery and relief efforts. And the United States Armed Forces, in particular, features countless physicians with disaster medicine training and expertise. These men and women put themselves at ...

The Evolution of Disaster Medicine in America

Few medical specialties have changed quite as much as disaster medicine since the term first entered the American lexicon in the 1950s. It’s not just a matter of disasters happening more often in recent years than decades past – it’s that the disasters themselves seem to be more varied. From tsunamis, hurricanes, and tornadoes to terror attacks, bio threats, and ...