Inaugural EMS Disaster Management program

CarolinaFireJournal -

04/26/2010 -

The EMS Administration and Medical Disaster Management Program at the University of North Carolina is accepting applications for the inaugural EMS Administration and Medical Disaster Management certificate program at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine. This will be a 110 hour continuing education program taught in a cohort fashion to begin in Asheville for a 16 hour session in July. The following four sessions (in order) are taught in Greensboro/October, Chapel Hill/November, Wilmington/February 2011 and returns to Chapel Hill to finish in April 2011.


The program will focus on topics generally found in most executive business programs with a concise and distinctive focus squarely on EMS and medical disaster operations. The program will be held in five successive sessions varying in length from 16 to 24 hours.

The curriculum was loosely designed to follow on to the program that has and continues to successfully run at UNC Charlotte; known as the EMS Management Institute. Furthermore, a prerequisite to enter the program at UNC Chapel Hill will include completion of the EMS Management Institute at UNC Charlotte or a demonstration of similar leadership related educational experiences.

The focus of the program is to provide new intellectual tools and skills for the leader, manager or administrator of an EMS agency or a medical disaster program. One frequent question, “why should I be interested in medical disaster (or EMS if you are involved in medical disaster response)? In most states, the two have significant overlap and serve in a strong complementary role, one to the other.  In many communities, EMS is the cornerstone for medical disaster leadership. While medical disaster management and the ESF8 function extend well beyond EMS, the two share many connections. Nevertheless, during each of the six sessions, break out sessions to create targeted learning opportunities for EMS leaders or medical disaster team leaders, will be designed to focus upon and address your unique needs.

Goals for each participant will include developing a position paper for each candidate to more fully understand the importance of researching topics that are unique to you, and for which you have an interest. Graduates of the program will have a more complete set of analytical skills and abilities to manage programs and interact with executive and political leadership.

For more information contact Randy Kearns at [email protected].
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