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J. McAna, Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Despite numerous attacks and threats both in the US and around the world, there is no standardized interprofessional (IPE) curriculum for health profession students. For my capstone project, I would like to develop and implement an IPE disaster preparedness program as an elective here at Jefferson. The disaster preparedness curricula from the various health profession programs at Jefferson and national program recommendations or requirements for disaster preparedness training were reviewed. Surveys were sent to program directors at Jefferson to gauge their interest in disaster preparedness training. Finally, disaster preparedness training was delivered to medical students, nursing students and radiologic sciences students. Students were administered pre and posttests to gauge their knowledge base as well as course evaluations which included questions related to their opinion of the need for disaster preparedness training. In addition, all students were asked if they would like to volunteer to be part of a disaster response team at Jefferson. Program directors were very supportive of the need to have disaster preparedness training for their students. In addition, the students also felt that this type of training was important. Pretests identified significant knowledge gaps in this area, and more than half of surveyed students wanted to volunteer to be part of a disaster response team. IPE disaster preparedness training is widely supported by both program directors and students. Recent natural disasters and terrorist attacks as well as the current threats further support the need for an IPE program on disaster preparedness.

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