Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Fellowship in Disaster Medicine
BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine is designed to provide qualified emergency physicians the opportunity to develop an expertise in the related fields of Disaster Medicine (DM) and Emergency Management (EM). In addition, there are two optional second year programs in International Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Mass Gatherings. The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine consists of didactic lectures, seminars, focused readings, and goal-related research in a specific area of DM and EM resulting in a peer-reviewed publication. In addition, the Fellow has the opportunity to practice real-world Disaster Preparedness and Response through our numerous domestic and international rotations, deployments, and committee memberships. Upon completion, graduates will be skilled in all aspects of the disaster cycle, and have the ability to assume a leadership role on the local, regional, federal, or international level.
The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine announces the start of the new Crisis Leadership Fellowship, directed by Richard Serino, former Deputy Director of FEMA. The fellowship year features rotations locally in Boston, as well as with FEMA and its partners in Washington DC, the National Association of Emergency Managers, and internationally with the UN, Italian central government in Rome, and other postings in the European Union.
We are extremely fortunate to have Richard Serino leading the Crisis Leadership program within the Fellowship. As a seasoned expert in Emergency Management who served at the highest levels of government through some of the nation's worst disasters, Mr. Serino will be a dynamic director, lending his knowledge and experience to our fellows.
July 2015: The fellowship is transforming its curriculum to an advanced online platform that is now up and running. All previous curricula along with new curricula like the new Emergency Management curriculum will be a part of this platform: Hospital Emergency Management Curriculum
June 2015: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Director of Global Disaster Operations, Gavin MacGregor-Skinner, seen here with Mama Sarah Obama (President Obama's Grandmother and head of the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation), will be leading a new fellowship initiative in Kenya.
June 2015: We are happy to announce the graduation of the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine class of 2015. We wish all the graduates well as they go out and do great things around the world.
June 2015: Fellow Yousef AlAwad gives a presentation about the Fellowship's deployment to Nepal at the New England Society of Disaster Medicine conference.
May 2015: Impromptu reunion. The team returning from Nepal flew through Abu Dhabi.
They were graciously hosted by our first Fellow, Dr. Saleh Fares class of 2008, Founder and President of the United Arab Emirates Emergency Medicine Society. Saleh treated the team to a much appreciated respite in the visiting diplomatic facilities of the airport.
May 2015: Fellowship conducts 100-victim Multi-Casualty Drill in conjunction with Anna Maria college and GR3.
Drill deemed a huge success according to local EMS providers who attended.
Fellowship faculty Dr. Ciottone, Ms. Voskanyan, and Dr. Molloy travel to China on the request of the Affiliated Disaster Medicine Institute of the Logistics University of the PAPF to discuss collaborative educational programs.
May 2015: Fellowship deploys team to Nepal earthquake in conjunction with our NGO partner GR3.
Team composed of Fellowship faculty, alumni, and current fellows treats over 500 patients in Jiri, Nepal, approximately 190km east of Kathmandu.
April 2015: Fellowship faculty and fellows present their research at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Cape Town South Africa
April 2015: Fellows attend the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Field Simulation course.
April 2015: Fellowship alumni Badar Alotaibi, MD and Abulrahman Alqahtani, MD lead a Saudi field hospital near the border of Yemen during the recent conflict
April 2015: Dr. Ciottone gives TED talk on Crisis Leadership in Tallinn Estonia
March 2015: Fellows rotate to the White House Medical Unit for the first time.
They learn VIP Medicine, as well as how to do advanced medical intelligence for high-value asset CONUS and OCONUS travel. The second group rotated to WHMU in May
Dr. Ciottone gives the Keynote Address for the Disaster Medicine Plenary session and former fellows speak at the Saudi Emergency Medicine Assembly 2015 conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Jan 2015: The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine sponsored the Global Response to Emerging Infections Symposium, held at Harvard Medical School.
The symposium was very well received and included presentations by the Liberian Ambassador to the United States, as well as the Deputy Minister of Health from Burkina Faso
December 2014: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine announces its new Crisis Leadership Program
The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine is pleased to announce Richard Serino, the former Deputy Director and Chief of Operations of FEMA, will be joining our faculty as Director of the Crisis Leadership Program. Mr Serino will also lead a new fellowship year in Crisis Leadership, along with a robust faculty comprised of current and past leaders from the national and international stage. to quote the Boston Globe: "Serino, widely considered a founding father of Boston Emergency Medical Services, has been the No. 2 man at the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2009. He was part of a wave of emergency management professionals put into leadership positions at FEMA following its widely criticized response to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. His duties included oversight of FEMA's $25 billion budget and responding to disasters all over the country. He has led federal response at the scenes of devastating tornados, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and an earthquake-created tsunami in American Samoa."
October 2014: Dr. Ciottone is invited to appear on CNN to discuss the Ebola crisis as a subject matter expert.
October 2014: The Fellowship holds an Operational Medicine/Tactical EMS field training exercise on Wachusett Mountain. Forty participants joined our Fellows in tactical, combat, operational medicine training exercises while also camping out in tents and experiencing austere conditions.
August 2014: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, in conjunction with the Disaster Preparedness Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, hosts Ambassadors from the African Countries of Sierra Leone, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Gambia, and Zambia for a Round Table discussion on the Ebola crisis ( http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/08/fewer-clinics-less-care/ )
July-August 2014: We welcome new Fellows Kevin Ryan, Mai Alshammari, Anas Khan, and Yousef AlAwad to the program.
July 2014: We are proud to announce that Dr. Badar Alotaibi has been named Director of Higher Education at King Saud University in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Badar has been an active alumna and has assisted in the growth of this Fellowship Program. We could not be more proud of Badar and his accomplishments. Congratulations!!
June 2014: The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine graduated 5 Fellows on June 6. We congratulate the graduates as they take their place as global leaders in Disaster Medicine, as well as join our Affiliated Faculty.
June 2014: The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine has formed a partnership with the US Coast Guard-Boston Station. After a familiarization visit where Fellows learned the various ships and equipment used by the USCG, we are now embarking on educational programs geared to enhance knowledge in Maritime Disaster and Emergency operations, as well as emergency medical activities.
May 2014:The Harvard Medical School Student Interest Group in Disaster Medicine, mentored by the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, hosted Dr. Abdel Bellou as part of its Visiting Scholars lecture series. Dr. Bellou is the immediate past President of the European Society of Emergency Medicine. He lectured on the status of Disaster Medicine in Europe.
April 2014: Sixteen Fellows and faculty from the BIDMC Fellowship served as invited expert evaluators for "Alaska Shield", a statewide, multi-agency disaster drill. The drill represented the first deployment of the Alaska Medical Station and was a great success. The Fellowship team is composing their official evaluation for submission to the state of Alaska.
March 27, 2014: Fellows and Faculty have been invited to function as evaluators and researchers for Alaska Shield, a statewide disaster drill involving local, state, and federal agencies in numerous scenarios designed this year to mimic the 1964 9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake. The events will have more than 10,000 professional personnel involved in the drills, and more than 100,000 civilians have signed to participate as well. This drill allows the members of the BIDMC Disaster Medicine Fellowship to use their expertise to teach others and to further disaster research. Our fellows and faculty are meeting with numerous leaders and groups, seen here with Governor Sean Parnell.
January 2014: The Harvard Medical School Disaster Medicine Student Interest Group was formed and ratified, and will be overseen by Director Gregory Ciottone and Associate Director Stephen P. Wood. This group consists of medical students with an interest in disaster and humanitarian medicine. A monthly lecture series will take place at the medical school and members are invited to participate in other fellowship activities.
The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine in conjunction with the MGH Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and the National Ski Patrol held its first annual Winter Medicine Symposium in Jackson, NH on January 31 - Feb 2, 2014. It was a 3 day program covering a wide array of winter medicine topics. Attendees included fellows from the BIDMC fellowship in disaster medicine, the MGH wilderness medicine fellowship, students from the Tufts medical school wilderness medicine interest group, as well as participants from the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. James Philips gave lectures to the BIDMC Emergency Medicine Residency and Harvard Medical Students on the topics of "Tactical Emergency Medical Support" and "Active Shooter Incidents."
Dr. Mick Molloy, an alumnus and newly named Director of Research for the fellowship, joined us from Dublin for an intensive 2 day research seminar for the fellows. Topics varied from concept development, literature review, writing styles, and incorporating new technology into manuscript writing and publishing.
December 2013: The inaugural Abu Dhabi Police Department General Headquarters Emergency Medicine Conference was held in Abu Dhabi Dec 8-1. This new conference, designed to bring the latest information to the countries of the GCC, featured lectures from nearly 30 Harvard Medical School Faculty, including many Fellows and Disaster Fellowship faculty including Scientific Committee Chair Dr. Greg Ciottone, Dr. Mick Molloy, Dr. James Rifino, Dr Abdulrahman Alquahtani, Dr Khaldoon Al-Khaldi, Dr. Ritu Sarin, Dr. James Phillips, Dr. Selwyn Mahon, Scott Johnson, and Meg Femino. The conference was a great success.
Graduation for Dr. Prasit Wuthisuthimethawee took place at the Harvard Club, attended by the current faculty, alumni, and fellows. Prasit will be returning to Thailand as a Disaster Medicine Specialist and continue his work as an Emergency Medicine physician and Trauma Surgeon, with plans to develop a Thailand satellite center and rotation for our fellows.
October 2013: Stephen P. Wood, the Associate Director, was awarded Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Person of the Year by Expedition Medicine at the World Extreme Medicine Conference October 30, 2013.
September 2013: Stephen P. Wood, Associate Fellowship Director, was awarded second place for the top three abstracts at the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference in Versailles, France September 8, 2013 for his abstract "The utility of social media in disasters: The Hurricane Sandy Experience".
NOVEMBER 2013: The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine has deployed teams to the Philippines Typhoon disasterin conjunction with our partners GR3 and ACTS World Relief. The first team landed in Cebu Sunday November 17. Follow-up teams depart Wednesday November 20. The teams are working in Cebu and Tacloban.
OCTOBER 2013: We are pleased to announce the Fellowship is exploring a re-alignment under the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), where it would be leading the Disaster Preparedness Program. Dr. Ciottone: "We are thrilled to explore the opportunity to join with HHI, a global leader in Humanitarian and Disaster Preparedness and Response. The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine shares similar goals with HHI, whose Mission is "to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide." We hope to complete the merger in the coming months and add to the success of HHI by bringing proven educational and research principles in Disaster preparedness and response to their diverse and interdisciplinary team."
JUNE 2013: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine is proud to announce that the second edition of Dr. Ciottone's textbook has been approved by Elsevier. Due to the success of the first edition, this and all future editions will be entitled: Ciottone's Disaster Medicine.
MAY 2013: Former Fellow and current BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Faculty Dr. Mick Molloy received the "Best Speaker Overall" award at the 18th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Manchester, UK. Congratulations!
MAY 2013: Our recent BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine graduate, Dr. Abdulrahman Alqahtani, has been appointed Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. KFMC is the largest medical facility in Saudi Arabia and its Emergency Department sees over 200,000 patients annually
APRIL 2013: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine leadership traveled to Abu Dhabi as the guests of His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Abu Dhabi Police General headquarters. During this trip the groundwork was laid for a long-term partnership between BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine and Abu Dhabi for the creation and operation of the Emergency Medicine Academy in Abu Dhabi. A MOU was signed and a binding agreement is anticipated by this June.
MARCH 2013: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine has been selected to serve as partner to the Emergency Medicine Academy of Abu Dhabi. Principles from BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine will travel to Abu Dhabi in early April to sign a MOU with the Academy, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, United Arab Emirates.
FEBRUARY 2013: Fellowship Milestone: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine recently received an application from the McMurdo research station in Antarctica, making it a truly global program. With this, BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine has now had applicants from every continent in the world!
JANUARY 2013: Fellows Majed Aljohani, MD and Abdulrahman Alqahtani, MD will be attending the KIng County Resuscitation Academy in Seattle in March. They will work with Mr. Jim Fogarty, faculty member and Director of EMS for KIng County.
JANUARY 2013: The Fellowship had 5 research abstracts accepted the the New England Regional SAEM conference at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island.
JANUARY 2013: The Fellowship is proud to announce the faculty additions of Dr. John Freese, medical director for the City of New York Fire Department and EMS, Dr. Doug Isaacs from the City of New York Fire Department and EMS as well as Ben Podsiadlo, EMS Quality and Education Director for Virtua EMS in Camden New Jersey.
JANUARY 2013: Dr.Ciottone was featured on ABC News for the innovative telemedicine technology being implemented in Haiti. This remote-access system utilizing medical devices controlled thousands of miles away has never been used in an austere environment like post-earthquake Haiti. This capability has been made possible through a partnership between BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine and White House Medical.
JANUARY 2013: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine faculty Amalia Voskanyan, RN and Drs. Ciottone and Cattamanchi attended the opening ceremony of the Be Like Brit orphanage, (with the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine medical clinic inside), in Grand Goave Haiti. The clinic will soon house very sophisticated telemedicine capabilities supplied by White House Medical (www.Whitehousemedical.com). The clinic successfully treated its first patients and BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine has assumed operations.
Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, presents at the Fellowship's Symposium on Global Emerging Infections, January 2015