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Applied Disaster Medicine course

Clinicians in ADM course 2019
Disasters can happen at any time with multiple casualties and a catastrophic impact on a community – unfortunately most hospital staff aren’t as familiar with their role in a disaster or how communication patterns change.
Participants of the Applied Disaster Medicine (ADM) course practice their clinical skills in the context of a disaster, and get a solid understanding their site’s emergency plans. After completing the course, nurses, physicians and administrators can better communicate and care for patients during a disaster, and health services within a community can continue with little (or no) interruption.


The award-winning course – and first of its kind in Canada – has a standardized curriculum that uses the latest literature in disaster medicine practices and can be adapted to meet the needs of regional health authorities and even individual hospitals.

Tailored to your requirements

The course can be tailored to your region’s clinical practice guidelines, policies, procedures and disaster plans, even geographical and site-specific logistics.

Delivered by a team with expertise in disaster medicine and education, the course is didactic and discussion based, with interactive exercises and simulations.

Thanks to its mobility and expandable space, the MMU provides a realistic and functional learning space that doesn’t impact regular facility operations. 

Course objectives

  • Describe the components of personal preparedness in a disaster
  • Compare the hazards, risks and vulnerabilities from within your community
  • Differentiate between the different triage systems utilized in a disaster 
  • Apply an effective health incident command system for the initial response to a disaster
  • Describe the crowd and media management strategies in a disaster
  • Describe your role in the inter-department response to a disaster 
  • Demonstrate the organizational changes and medicine required to best manage patient care in a mass casualty incident
  • Discuss the incidence, pathogenesis and medical care pertaining to disaster medicine 

CPD accreditation

The ADM course is accredited by UBC Continuing Professional development and adheres to the standards of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). Therefore, the course is able to provide CPD study credits to physicians for learning activities on behalf of the Royal College and the CFPC, which includes:

  • 8.25 Credits - MOC Section 3 
  • 8.25 Credits - Mainpro+

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