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Emergency Preparedness: Understanding Physicians’ Concerns and Readiness to Respond

Date:Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Gillian SteelFisher, PhD, MSc
Assistant Director
Harvard Opinion Research Program
Research Scientist
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health

Steven E. Krug, MD, FAAP
Head, Division of Emergency Medicine
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chairperson, Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council
American Academy of Pediatrics

Christopher S. Kang, MD, FACEP
Staff Emergency Physician
Madigan Army Medical Center
Baylor University Physician Assistant Program
Member, Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee
American College of Emergency Physicians


Emergency preparedness requires that physicians are ready to respond not just to specific types of hazards but also take steps that increase preparedness for any type of public health emergency. To gain a better understanding of the state of physician readiness, the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a poll to examine the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors physicians have about emergency preparedness and training. During this COCA call, a Harvard School of Public Health researcher will share findings from their study, and representatives from two professional associations will discuss policy, practice, and operational tools and resources to assist physicians in emergency preparedness.

CDC Medscape Commentary

Still Image from Video.Critical Gaps in Emergency Preparedness: Getting Physicians Up to Speed


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Discuss the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that physicians have related to emergency preparedness
  • Identify opportunities to improve emergency preparedness training and education for physicians
  • Describe disaster medicine activities and resources to promote physician emergency readiness

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 2/12/13: 2:00 - 3:00 PM]
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 2/12/13
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.