Emerging threats in health and medicine


The purpose of this program is to provide physicians, public health officials and other medical providers with information and guidance for responding to a variety of emerging threats to our nation's health and safety. This activity will provide updates on timely issues, such as:

World Trade Center Disease and Bioterrorism
Virological Pathogens
Obesity and Heart Disease
Solid Organ Transplantation

The events of September 11, 2001, subsequent infections, anthrax exposures, and deaths have galvanized the nation's healthcare providers to reassess emergency preparedness procedures within our communities and hospitals. Trauma teams and first responders understand that disasters and medical emergencies can happen in any realm. Not only must our healthcare system be prepared to respond to the threats of terrorists, but they must also be prepared for the non terrorist threats, such as infectious diseases, obesity and heart disease, which occur more frequently and pose equally significant challenges to our society.

As new diseases continue to emerge, our public health infrastructure must be ready to respond to these new threats. State-of-the-art technology and highly skilled professionals need to be in place to provide rapid response to the threat of epidemics. Coordinated strategy is necessary to understand, control, and prevent the epidemic spread of these viruses.

The material will be presented in lecture format and supplemented with case studies during select presentations. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions and interact with the experienced faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and invited guest faculty. Informal discussions of challenging cases with an expert panel will take place.

For a full course description, please visit, http://www.mssm.edu/medicine/emerging_threats/index.shtml.

Source: Eurekalert & others

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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