AMA Takes on Role of 'Doctor to Homeland Security'
The American Medical Association on Monday unveiled a basic disaster life support (BDLS) program aimed at rapidly training physicians, physician assistants, nurses and emergency medical technicians for all disasters — from nuclear attack to fire and flood. The new curriculum will be ready to roll out “by August, and by this time next year we expect it to be offered at training centers nationwide,” Dr. James J. James told Reuters Health. James, who was director of the Miami-Dade County Health Department during the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001, joined the AMA in January as director of the AMA Center for Disaster Medicine and Emergency Response. That new center is part of the AMA’s effort to “become the doctor to homeland security,” said AMA president Dr. Yank Coble. Full Story