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.
This elective is the introductory component of the Global Disaster Management curriculum and allows students to gain real life, hands-on experience in dealing with disaster response. The aim of the elective is to provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to response to a disaster. Highlights of the didactic sessions include disaster triage, malaria, HIV and tuberculosis presentations. Practical skills taught include laceration repair, orthopedic injury management and IV placement. There have also been sessions on how to handle the emotional stress of those affected by disaster in collaboration with the Crisis Response Center of Temple University Hospital’s Episcopal Campus. Students frequently cite this elective as one of the most helpful for learning practical skills.
In 2009, TEAC expanded its curriculum to include a second, more clinically focused component. The foundation of this class centers on the idea that the best way to learn a skill is to physically practice the maneuvers in as close to the real setting as possible. TEAC II elective students are invited to participate in focused Emergency Department-based training with a focus on triage and first responder skills. TEAC II also incorporates education focused more on systems management approach, allowing students to learn first hand how disaster response is orchestrated within the Philadelphia area. Outside the hospital, students learn about the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system by visiting the Penndel Middletown Emergency Squad in Langhorne, PA to learn about emergency response vehicles and procedures. Students can also spend a day doing a helicopter ride along at Doylestown
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.