Medical and Dental Enhancements Project
To demonstrate methods of enhancing the response to truly catastrophic events that would overwhelm current capacity of the U.S. medical and public health response resources.
The key elements of this project include:
- Developing curriculum that can be effectively and rapidly applied to supplement the knowledge of dentists – a large group of health care providers who have historically not been part of the response to catastrophic events.
- To evaluate how to best utilize the dental private practices widely distributed throughout the community.
- Applying Informatics technology to enhance the skill and knowledge dental professionals to expand the manpower pool of responders as well as the manpower associated with expanded support functions.
- Sustaining the skill and knowledge of this expanded group of responders up-to-date information, foundation knowledge, techniques for prevention, and therapies through technology that will automatically respond to changes.
- Website (http://chip.med.nyu.edu) that hosts disaster medicine courses, interactive online education modules, and content for handheld devices
- Over 725 registered users from around the country
- Continuing to update content, curricula
- Site also now supporting other CCPR/DOJ funded projects
- Creation of dental professionals with expanded training
- 12 faculty and 6 students trained in disaster medicine courses
- 20 dental faculty completed CDLS course
- Syllabus available at: http://chip.med.nyu.edu/course/view.php?id=36
- Additional faculty to undergo training in coming year
- Publication and dissemination of curricula and approach underway
- Over 660 dental students 10 dental faculty have received POD training and drill exercise at NYUCD with the NYC Department of Health
- Continuing training of 300+ students in coming year
- Two-week course in outbreak investigations based on the Epidemiologic Intelligence Service (EIS) training for project faculty.
- Course successfully administered to Dental and School of Medicine faculty
- Course adopted by NYC Department of Health for internal training
- Currently working with NYC DOH to integrate Dental/Nursing faculty training
- Proposal to HRSA: Creating a national disaster med course for dentists
- Training grant proposals submitted in 2004 and 2005 to HRSA
- Dental school course curriculum for bioterrorism training now a regular curriculum course at NYUCD
- Summary report on the expansion of the role of dentists and enhancement of surge
- Available: http://chip.med.nyu.edu/mod/resource/view.php?id=255
Publications on related topics:
- Psoter WJ, Triola MM, Morse DE, Rekow EDE. Enhancing Medical and Public Health Capabilities During Times of Crisis, NYSDJ 2003, 69: 25-27
- Glotzer DL, Psoter WJ, Rekow ED. Emergency Preparedness in the Dental Office. JADA 2004, 135: 1565-1570
- Glotzer DL, Psoter WJ, Rekow ED. Preparing for a Terrorist Event, a Scenario-Driven Approach. J NY Dent Soc 2004, 70:26-29
- More FG, Phelan J, Boylan R, Glotzer D, Psoter W, Robbins M, Rekow ED, Alfano MC. Predoctoral Curriculum for Catastrophe Preparedness. J Dent Educ. 2004 Aug;68:851-8.
- Psoter WJ, Alfano M, Rekow D. Dentists Meeting Medical Surge Demand. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2004 Aug;32(8):694-700
- Glotzer D, More FG, Phelan J, Boylan R, Psoter W, Robbins M, Rekow ED, Godder B, Alfano MC. Introducing a Senior Course on Catastrophe Preparedness into the Dental School Curriculum. Dent Educ. 2006;70:225-30.
- Glotzer DL, Rinchiuso A, Rekow DE, Triola MM, Psoter WJ. The Medical Reserve Corps – An Opportunity for Dentists to Serve. N Y State Dent J. 2006, 72:60-61
- Glotzer DL, Psoter WJ. Disaster and the Surge Environment. J Emerg Manag, in print.
- Psoter WJ, Herman NG, More FG, Park B, Robbins M, Rekow ED, Ryan JM, Triola MM, Glotzer DL, Proposed Competencies for catastrophic events, disaster response, and associated head and neck injuries: Hospital-based dentistry JDE, in print.