Friday, August 29, 2014

The thrill of the drill

READY TO RESPOND: Thirteen MGH staff members recently traveled to Palo Alto, California, to participate in a mock humanitarian disaster at the Stanford Medical Campus. The three-day, full-scale field hospital simulation was organized through a partnership between the Office of Global Disaster Response at the MGH Center for Global Health, the International Medical Corps (IMC) and the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response. The team slept in tents and ate field rations as they practiced a full-scale response in line with the center’s mission to provide a professional humanitarian response to those affected by emergencies and disasters. “It was a wonderful learning opportunity,” said Rachel Rifkin, Office of Global Disaster Response program coordinator. “It was truly valuable to see what goes into raising and staffing IMC’s Trauma and Surgical Deployment Unit and to practice and work together with colleagues.”

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