CRISIS LEADERSHIP

About the Crisis Leadership Fellowship


The BIDMC Crisis Leadership Fellowship is designed to provide qualified applicants the opportunity to develop an expertise in the skills necessary to lead and manage during times of crises. All aspects of leadership, incident command, and organizational management will be explored through didactic lectures, seminars, readings, and goal-related research, as well as participation in hospital-based, local, regional, national, and international leadership and disaster preparedness activities. The fellow will gain knowledge and experience through hands-on rotations both domestically in the United States, and internationally in Italy and the European Union. This combined didactic and experiential education prepares fellows to assume positions as leaders in times of crisis.

If you are interested in enrolling in Crisis Leadership Fellowship course, contact gciotton@bidmc.harvard.edu for more information.

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Crisis Leadership Curriculum


Module 1: The Science of Crises and Disaster
1.1 Crisis Leadership
1.2 Evolution of Emergency Management
1.3 The Disaster Cycle
1.4 Leadership: types & paradigms, meta-leadership
1.5 Disaster Operations

1.6 Leadership in Natural Disasters
1.7 Leadership in Manmade Disasters
1.8 Leadership in Complex Emergencies
1.9 Disaster Finance
1.10 Liability Issues in Emergency Response
1.11 Policy Issues in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Module 2: Mitigation
2.1 Community-based Disaster Resiliency
2.2 Organization-based Disaster Resiliency
2.3 Target Hardening
2.4 Continuity of Government
Regional Disaster Risk Reduction

Experience-based component
Field work in local (Boston), Regional (New England) National (Washington DC) and International (EU, UN) Leadership organizations through real-time participation

Module 3: Preparedness
3.1 Community-based Disaster Planning-Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
3.2 Disaster Simulation
3.3 Tabletop Drills
3.4 Individual Crisis Preparedness
3.5 Corporate Crisis Preparedness
3.6 Local Disaster Preparedness
3.7 National Disaster Preparedness
3.8 International Disaster Preparedness
Strategic Planning

Experience-based component
• Participate multiple exercise and drills at State, local, national and international
• Work with leadership in the private sector and government in cyber security
• Design and execute tabletop drill for local organization
• Develop crisis response plan for a corporation

Module 4: Response
4.1 Command and Control
4.2 Scene Safety
4.3 Personal Protective Equipment
4.4 Needs Assessment
4.5 Search and Rescue
4.6 Informatics and Telecommunications in Disaster
4.7 Operations and logistics
4.8 Operations Security, Site Security and Incident Response
4.9 Surveillance
4.10 Use of Mapping and
Geospatial Analysis in Disaster Management

4.11 Military Integration in Disaster Response
4.12 HAZMAT Event: Quarantine and Decontamination
4.13 Media Field Relations
4.14 Management of Mass Fatalities
4.15 Staying Healthy in Austere Environments
4.16 Ethical Leadership Issues in the Provision of Emergency Medical Care in Multiple Casualty Incidents and Disasters

Experience-based component
Rotation at Boston EMS, hospitals, emergency management rotations in other cities including Rome Italy. Work with field disaster teams on national and international level.

Module 5: Unique Leadership Issues Specific to Terrorism
5.1 Psychology of Terrorism
5.2 Thinking Outside the Box: Health Service Support Considerations in the Era of Asymmetrical Threats
5.3 Integration of Law Enforcement and Military Resources with Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorist Events
5.4 Multimodality, Layered Attack
5.5 Hostage Taking
5.6 Civil Unrest and Rioting

5.7 Suicide Bomber
5.8 Leadership in CBRNE Events
5.9 Protective Medicine

Experience-based component
– Attend Boston 2024 Olympic committee Leadership meetings
– Pre-planning committee participation for Boston mass gatherings
– Work with local SWAT teams and educators
– White House Medical Unit

Module 6: Recovery
6.1 Leadership Lessons Learned from 21st Century
6.2 Measures of Effectiveness in Disaster Management
6.3 Rescue Global risk reduction & response
6.4 Disaster Research and the Role of Big Data

Module 7: Volunteer Organizations
Rotation with volunteer organizations – Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Team Rubicon, NVOAD, UNICEF.

Module 8: NPLI and Meta-leadership
8.1 Principles of Meta-leadership
8.2 Multidisciplinary team project

Experience-based component
– Attend National Preparedness Leadership Institute (NPLI) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Module 9: Inter-agency integration
-FEMA Whole Community
-FEMA 5-Year Strategic Plan
– UN meetings UN- OCHA in Geneva
– UNICEF-Geneva
– Italy, Central Government-Rome

Module 10: Communicating in Emergencies
10.1 Interactions with Media and Press
10.2 What to Say, What Not to Say, and How to Say It
10.3 Role of Social Media and How to Use It
10.4 “Marketing” All Phases for Improved Response to Funding Appeals

Experience-based component
– Practical exercises, public speaking:
Help develop and attend various keynote speeches at various conferences such as:
o IAEM
o Big City Emergency Managers (BCEM)
o National Association of Emergency Managers (NEMA)
o Public Heath Preparedness Summit
o DRIVER- EU
o National Pediatric Disaster Coalition Conference
o Western MA Homeland Security conference
o International Association of EMS Chiefs
social media initiatives—via CDC “Operation Dragon Fire”

Flexible scheduling for disaster response, work in HHI work, attendance of: Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee meetings, IOM Forum meetings, White House meetings; various EU Institutions, classes at KSG & HSPH, leadership board meetings (e.g., AmeriCorps), International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) “Think Tanks.”

If you are interested in enrolling in Crisis Leadership Fellowship course, contact gciotton@bidmc.harvard.edu for more information.