CDC Funds Interactive Workshop to Educate Health Professionals About Emotional Aftermath of Terrorist Attack

September 09, 2003

"Unfortunately, we are living in an age where we have to be prepared to deal with terrorist attacks, including the psychosocial ailments"

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and New York University are teaming up to educate area health and emergency professionals on how to recognize and treat residents in the weeks following a bioterrorism or other disaster. Psychosocial Aspects of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine:  Education for Readiness and Response will be held Saturday, September 13 from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is open to regional health care professionals and emergency personnel. All costs to attend the seminar are covered by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Physicians from both New York University and the University of Rochester School of Medicine will lead this full-day, interactive seminar. The day will begin with a bio-terrorism simulation exercise, where attendees will be provided with statistics and data from a simulated terrorist attack.  Small groups will be formed and interact with actors who will role play psychosocial stress responses commonly seen following real attacks.  In addition, attendees will be given an overview of the latest research and findings on treating the emotional/physical effects as a result of terrorist events.

“Unfortunately, we are living in an age where we have to be prepared to deal with terrorist attacks, including the psychosocial ailments,” Timothy Quill, M.D., professor of medicine, psychiatry and medical humanities at the School of Medicine and Dentistry and workshop co-director.  “We know that survivors and those that have lost loved ones experience a range of symptoms that can include both physical and emotional issues.  We, as a medical community, need to pull together to be prepared to help them in the weeks following a terrorist attack.

Family physicians, internists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and emergency personnel are invited to attend.  For more information, call 585/275-4392.  While all costs are waived, attendees must be registered before Saturday.

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