The national disaster life support programs: A model for competency-based standardized and locally relevant training

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With grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services under the Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program, the Medical College of Georgia Center of Operational Medicine (MCG-COM) provided an integrated disaster medicine continuing education program for the state of Georgia. This educational program was based on the American Medical Association (AMA) National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) curricula. With supplemental funding, the MCG-COM developed and piloted a national training strategy for all-hazards disaster preparedness education. This strategy built upon the existing 47 training centers delivering NDLS curricula. State advisory committees were established in four model states, developing state-specific modules based on a Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment. These modules were piloted as a model for the deployment of a national curriculum with state and local integration. In addition, the AMA established an educational consortium for the purpose of continual curriculum revision. This consortium, currently consisting of more than 75 participating organizations and federal liaisons, is responsible for all curriculum updates for the NDLS courses. Under this model, multidisciplinary crosscutting disaster medicine competencies and a proposed educational framework were developed. The resulting competencies and framework have been published in the peer-reviewed literature and are being integrated into the NDLS curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S25-S30
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009


  • Competencies
  • Disaster
  • Education
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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