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NYUCD Conducts First POD Training Exercise for Seniors
 

In addition, 316 senior DDS and dental hygiene students were certified in Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS) by the American Medical Association, after completing a four-hour introduction to all-hazards preparedness (which includes explosions, fires, natural disasters, and terrorism preparedness) for allied healthcare professionals. The training was designed to ensure that in the event of large-scale mass casualty catastrophes, dentists and dental hygienists would be able to participate in local, state, and federal emergency response efforts in an efficient, coordinated manner.

 

Last spring, Nagle Auditorium was transformed into a busy, simulated Point-of-Dispensing (POD) clinic for NYUCD's first mandatory bioterrorism preparedness training exercise for senior students. A POD is used to rapidly provide medicines such as vaccines and antibiotics to large numbers of people at a central point. The exercise -- to simulate a smallpox vaccine dispensing center -- was conducted under the supervision of Clinical Professor of Cariology and Operative Dentistry Dr. David L. Glotzer, a member of NYUCD's Bioterrorism and Catastrophe Response Task Force, in consultation with Ms. Anne Rinchiuso, Volunteer Coordinator of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Emergency Management. During the three-hour drill, seniors posed both as patients seeking vaccinations and as dentists in a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit triaging patients, evaluating their health for conditions that might preclude them from being vaccinated, preparing and dispensing vaccines, and directing patients through the process.


A senior student (seated) fills out a medical evaluation form for a mock patient (standing, in blue shirt and tie), as student flow-monitors (in pink armbands) direct other patients awaiting their turn. The drill was videotaped to provide next year's senior class with a preview of what to expect.

Seniors prepare bandages and administer vaccine under the direction of Clinical Associate Professor of Cariology and Operative Dentistry Dr. Benjamin Godder