Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine

A center of excellence designed to foster collaboration among professionals responsible for healthcare delivery, disaster preparedness, emergency response, and medical education


American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has created the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM), a center of excellence designed to foster collaboration among professionals responsible for healthcare delivery, disaster preparedness, emergency response, and medical education. The center is being developed in cooperation with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (HMFP), a physician group that includes Harvard Medical School faculty with global disaster medicine experience.

Purpose of the Center 

Within the last few years, the devastation from powerful hurricanes like Irma and Maria have emphasized the need to continually improve preparedness for major disasters and emergencies. AUC and HMFP saw the opportunity to join with partners throughout the Caribbean to enhance disaster preparedness, with an emphasis on preparing healthcare professionals to play a lead role. Through the Center, we seek to create collaborations and programs that are relevant to the region's needs and draw upon knowledge and expertise from around the world. 

2019 International Conference on Disaster Medicine and Hurricane Resiliency

In March 2019, we held our inaugural Continuing Medical Education conference on the AUC campus in Sint Maarten. Over 280 professionals representing every corner of disaster medicine and emergency management attended. View the Conference Summary to learn more about the event and sessions.

2020 International Conference on Disaster Medicine

Please join us in beautiful Sint Maarten for the 2nd Annual CCDM International Conference on Disaster Medicine, to be held March 26-29, 2020 on the campus of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. This conference will gather professionals from around the world to share insights and expertise on preparing for and managing disasters, building disaster management capacity in the workforce, and educating and training in the health professions.

We are once again excited to collaborate with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as our regional partners in Sint Maarten and the Caribbean, to bring this event to you. The 2020 Annual Conference will invite perspectives from all dimensions of disaster medicine, with focused tracks on Mass Casualty Events and Infectious Disease.

 

Planned Activities of the Center 

  • Collaborations with governments, academic institutions, healthcare delivery institutions, and other groups involved in emergency preparedness and response
  • Continuing education, professional development, and training programs
  • Advisory services to improve operational capacity 
  • Academic exchanges involving faculty and medical students
  • Conference and symposia
  • Research 

Core Collaborators 

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