26th Annual Scientific Assembly

Disaster Medicine Familiarization Course

Jointly provided by USAAEM

Sunday, April 19, 2020
7:30am-5:30pm (includes transportation time)


Course Description

The Disaster Medicine Familiarization Course is designed to expose attendees (physicians, physician assistants, nurses and paramedics) to the challenges encountered in the requirements of providing care in the austere environments after disasters; and provide in introduction to the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform medical functions in support of search and rescue teams during a disaster. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to practice the skills and techniques expected of FEMA and state search & rescue medical personnel in a realistic, field environment located at an off-site disaster training facility.

Because logistical requirements and participant/instructor ratio required to deliver a quality course with field stations, the course is limited to 32 participants.  

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Participant Information: The course will be held outdoors and includes active participation including physical activity and potential for clothing to be stained or damaged. Activities will include exposure to confined spaces, loud noises, smoke, and the elements.  In our efforts to ensure your safety and the safety of others, course participants are asked to wear “old” clothing they won’t mind getting soiled or damaged: long pants, hiking boots, work gloves, long-sleeve shirts, or shirts with light jackets. Recommended, but not required, equipment: knee pads and elbow pads. Required equipment that will be provided: helmets, ear protection, and safety goggles.


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and the Uniformed Services Chapter Division of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (USAAEM). The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation Statement

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the practices and principles of disaster and confined-space medicine.
  2. Understand the medical science behind the practices and principles of disaster and confined-space medicine when local infrastructure may not be intact.
  3. Understand the roles and responsibilities for medical providers in supporting search and rescue teams during disasters.
  4. Provide familiarization to medical conditions and unique challenges encountered in providing medical care in disaster situations.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency with the following skills in a realistic disaster, structural collapse, and confined space simulation scenario:

                a. Clinical assessment of entrapped victim with limited patient access

                b. Management of crush injury, reperfusion syndrome, and trauma in the field

                c. Care of victims in confined space and structural collapse

                d. Evaluation and care of blast injuries, trauma, and medical victims in the field

                e. Prolonged field care in austere environment

                f. Field amputation, vascular access, and hemorrhage control


Course Fee

  • $25 Students and Residents**
  • $100 Physicians and Allied Health Professionals**

**The registration fee is refunded within 30 days after Scientific Assembly for USAAEM members who attend the course

Registration opens Fall 2019


Participant Information

Course Registration Limit: 32 participants


Tentative Course Schedule

Sunday, April 19, 2020


Transportation from Phoenix Grand Sheraton to venue (provided)


Introduction to Disaster Medicine and Confined-Space Medicine


Confined Space and Environmental Medical Considerations    




Blast Injury, Crush Injury, and Field Amputation    




Range Familiarization, Safety Brief, and Instructor Introductions


Lunch (provided)


Disaster Medicine Skills Stations in the Field   

  • Patient Immobilization, Packaging, and Monitoring
  • Vascular Access, Field Amputation, and Hemorrhage Control
  • Confined Space Victim Assessment and Care
  • Prolonged Field Care


Hot Wash and Debrief    


Transportation from venue to Sheraton Grand Phoenix (provided)

*Schedule subject to change.

Transportation to training facility from the conference hotel, and return, will be provided.


Course Director

Alexandre F. Migala, DO FAAEM UHM COL MC US Army
Command Surgeon, 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, KY
Medical Team Manager, Texas Task Force-1 / Texas Task Force-2
Medical Officer, Incident Support Team


Associate Course Director

Zachary Sletten, MD FAAEM
CPT, MC, US Army; Simulation Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, BAMC, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, USUHS


Course Faculty

Allen Yee, MD FAAEM
Medical Team Manager / Virginia Task Force 2                                                    

Attila Uner, MD FAAEM
Medical Team Manager / California Task Force-1

Justin Chandler, MD FACS
 Medical Team Manager / Arizona Task Force-1      

Trip McKinnon, EMT-P
Medical Specialist / Arizona Task Force-1          

Jeff Schripsema
Deputy Chief, Phoenix Fire Department / Special Operations, Phoenix, AZ

Steve Walshire
Program Manager, Arizona Task Force-1, Phoenix, AZ            

Shelly Jamison
Chief, Phoenix Fire Department, Arizona Task Force-1