The research and projects development portion of the training will span the entire fellowship period. The fellow will be asked early on to define a research goal and to begin designing his thesis. The research and subsequent thesis will focus on a specific area of Disaster Medicine or Emergency Management and will be approved by the Fellowship Director. The goal of the thesis is for it to be published in the specialty literature.

Scholarly Activities

The scholarly activities of the fellows have been published in different speciality literature.


DIORAMA system which is using rapid information collection and accurate resource tracking can assist incident commanders in their attempt to bring order to the chaos as they direct rescue operations for Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI). This system makes use of active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to identify the location and status of the patients and responders involved in a MCI.

Real-Time Scalable Resource Tracking Framework (DIORAMA) for Mass Casualty IncidentsUrban Search and Rescue Situational Awareness using DIORAMA Disaster Management System

DRID Research Lab

The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Disaster Research Innovation and Development (DRID) Laboratory is housed in the Massachusetts MIRAD Laboratory at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), one of the leading technology universities in the world. The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine DRID lab is under the direction of Professor Mustapha Fofana, a leading educator in Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Robotics Engineering. Professor Fofana is a recognized expert in Delay Dynamical Systems, Manufacturing and Machine-tool Noise and Vibration, Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamics, Ambulance Modernization, and Dynamics and Controls of Teleoperation in Robotics. His most recent research interests include the use of Telemedicine and patient-tracking in Disaster. Professor Fofana and his staff work closely with the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Fellows to develop cutting-edge technological solutions for use in Disaster.

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The DRID lab offers BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Fellows the opportunity to explore new technology modalities for use in disaster preparedness and response. This innovative laboratory serves as a platform on which BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Fellows can develop Proof of Concept for their creative ideas. From Proof of Concept the DRID laboratory has the capability to create prototypical models and final products. Such technologies can then be brought to market and put into use on the front lines of Disaster. Through DRID, BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Fellows have the ability to be on the cutting edge of Disaster research, creating new solutions for real-world applications, and understanding the Research and Development side of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management.