University of Massachusetts School of Medicine

Disaster Medicine & Emergency Management Fellowship


The fellows have a variety of ways to learn disaster medicine and emergency management.  The central piece of our educational program is our weekly didatic lecture series.  The lecture series encompasses all facets of disaster medicine and emergency management and follows along with our curriculum.  Please see below for a link to our curriculum. The fellows also get practical experience while working on several hospital and regional EM committees, participating and running drills, teaching courses for CEEPET as well as other DM faculty and the EM residency.  The fellows also receive education through their Masters degree course work and during disaster responses and field work.


Curriculum topics include:

1. Nomenclature & basic disaster principles


3. All-Hazard Medical Management of Incidents and MCIs

4. Hospital Emergency Management Planning

5. Hospital Joint Commission Preparedness

6. Hospital planning: Interface with the Community and Government

7. Hospital Exercise Design and Participation

8. Alternate Sites of Care

9.  Recognition, notification, initiation, and data collection

10. Resource management & altered standards of care

11. Volunteer & Donation management

12. Surge capacity & capability

13. Specific DM Incidents & Scenarios

14. Decon; PPE; Personal Protective Actions

15. Mass immunization and Infectious Disease & Control issues

16. Hospital Evacuations

17. GO- and NGO- sponsored response teams  and USR teams

18. Recovery from major incidents & Post-traumatic growth

19. Mental Health & Stress issues

20. Syndromic surveillance & Public Health issues

21. Care of Special Needs Populations (IRAA populations)

22. Use of Ultrasound

23. Role of EMS in Emergency Management

24. Role of Guidelines, Laws, Regulations  and Public Policy in DM & EM

25. Communication skills

26. Case studies, Including ethical issues and cases

27. Education & training

28. Development of Effective Leadership Skills

29. Critical thinking/ situational awareness

30. Disaster Research and Epidemiology