International Conference on Disaster Medicine and Hurricane Resiliency March 8 - 11, 2019

CCDM Conference - About Us

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Experts on disaster response, emergency preparedness, and disaster healthcare will gather in St. Maarten for an international conference to share information and experiences to help prepare the Caribbean region to manage hurricanes and other natural disasters. This event will also launch the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM), a regional center of excellence to foster education, research and training on disaster preparedness and response.

This international conference is hosted by American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), in cooperation with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Physicians, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals
Veterinarians and Animal Emergency Teams
Healthcare System and Hospital Leaders
Emergency Management Agency Personnel
Medical Educators
Public Health Professionals
Emergency Preparedness Trainers
Climate and Weather Experts
Government and NGO Personnel
Disaster Relief Organizations
Disaster Researchers

A SELECTION OF CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

GREGORY R. CIOTTONE, MD, FACEP, FFSEM
GREGORY R. CIOTTONE, MD, FACEP, FFSEM
Dr. Ciottone is the Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Founder and Director of the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, the first of its kind at a Harvard teaching hospital. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Instructor of Healthcare Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
GAVIN MACGREGOR-SKINNER, BVSC, MSC, MPH, MRCVS
GAVIN MACGREGOR-SKINNER, BVSC, MSC, MPH, MRCVS
Dr. MacGregor-Skinner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences for Penn State World Campus' Homeland Security program, and Director of Global Disaster Response with the BIDMC Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program. He has extensive experience in public health leadership with the U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, the private sector and military, and has designed public health preparedness and disaster response programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH
Dr. Balsari is assistant professor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a Fellow at Harvard FXB, where his research has contributed to advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. Dr. Balsari was a lead author on a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine on mortality in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
Mary Russell, Ed.D, MSN
Dr. Russell has been involved in emergency preparedness planning at the local, county, state, and international levels, including serving as an emergency nurse and emergency management consultant at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Boca Raton, Florida and coordinating multiple disaster response events. She has chaired the Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition of Palm Beach County, Florida and authored multiple emergency management books.
Selwyn Mahon, MD
Dr. Mahon, an emergency physician born in Trinidad, is the Medical Director of the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine, former US Virgin Islands territorial EMS Medical Director, and a member of the faculty of the Fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN
Dr. Veenema is Professor of Nursing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness, she has served as senior scientist to the DHHS Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR), Department of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Felix Holiday, MD
Dr. Holiday, a surgeon, is Medical Director of the Sint Maarten Medical Center. Over the years, Dr. Holiday has held several leadership functions including President of the Medical Staff, President of the Medical Specialists Association, Medical Supervisor of the Emergency Room and most recently as Medical Coordinator of the St. Maarten Medical Center.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS

Speakers and panelists from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, Caribbean-leading institutions, and more

CME CREDIT APPROVED

Event will offer Continuing Medical Education credit for physicians

CARIBBEAN CAMPUS SETTING

Join us in beautiful St. Maarten, a Caribbean locale offering wonderful culture, food, and recreation

REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

Contact us to inquire about special rates

CONFERENCE DETAILS

The conference will be held on the campus of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), located in Cupecoy, St. Maarten. On this campus, AUC medical students complete pre-clinical coursework, taught by an international faculty. The conference begins Friday, March 8th and ends on Monday, March 11th. 

We encourage you to make your arrangements as soon as possible to ensure your choice of flights and accommodations during the busy season in the Caribbean. 

Regular Registration – $650 

Medical Students (non-AUC), Residents, and Fellows - $250 (use promo code RESIDENT) - You must currently be in a residency or fellowship program to qualify for this rate. 

Other discounts may apply. Contact CCDM at ccdm@aucmed.edu to learn more. 

This conference is co-hosted by American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (HMFP). AUC and HMFP are collaborating to develop the Caribbean Center of Disaster Medicine, a center of excellence designed to foster collaboration among professionals responsible for healthcare delivery, disaster preparedness, emergency response, and medical education.

AUC, founded in 1978, is an international medical school. AUC students begin their journey to become physicians on AUC's technologically advanced campus in St. Maarten before completing clinical rotations at affiliated teaching hospitals in the US and UK. 

HMFP is the employed physician group of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate. 

This event is being held as part of the launch of the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM), a collaboration between American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and our government and community partners in St. Maarten and the Caribbean region. The CCDM is being created as a center of excellence to foster collaboration among professionals responsible for healthcare delivery, disaster preparedness, emergency response, and medical education. We are committed to playing a lead role in advancing the Caribbean region’s capacity to prepare for and respond to major disasters. This initial conference will focus on disaster medicine in the context of hurricanes, a vital and timely topic that affects the entire region. The event will bring together key stakeholders for the Center’s objectives, attract experts from around the world and region, and serve as a platform to share insights and best practices in disaster management, collaboration across the health professions, and training to prepare communities to withstand and respond to major disasters. 

 

Here is a sample of topics that will be covered during the conference:

Disasters and Healthcare

Perspectives on the Impact of Climate Change on Risk of Major Hurricanes

The St. Maarten Experience of Hurricane Irma: Healthcare and Public Health Perspectives

A Global Perspective on Building Capacity in Disaster Medicine

Building Community Healthcare After Catastrophe: The Post-Katrina Experience

Workshop on Disaster Response Coordination

Developing an Inter-Professional Education Program in Disaster Medicine

Hurricane Mortality and Morbidity: A Lesson from Maria in Puerto Rico

Disaster Management in Hospitals and Health Systems: Lessons fom Hurricane Katrina and Oschner Health System

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis for Acute Care Hospitals

Disaster Relief: Getting to the Recovery Stage

Health System Resiliency through Interactive Preparedness Workshops

Simulation, Gaming, and Interactive Teaching Models for Inter-Professional Education

Establishing a Healthcare Response Coalition

Technology and Disaster Medicine: Teaching and Practice

Developing an Assessment, Training, Planning, and Coordination Program for Healthcare Coalitions

 

This Live activity, International Conference on Disaster Medicine and Hurricane Resiliency: Focus on Health Professions Education and Healthcare Delivery, with a beginning date of 03/08/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency:
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

St. Maarten is an island in the Caribbean encompassing 37 square miles and located approximately 150 miles from Puerto Rico. Although English is spoken everywhere on St. Maarten and the U.S. dollar is an accepted currency, the island as a whole retains many elements of its French and Dutch culture and heritage. St. Maarten’s central mountain range is complemented by beaches, winding mountain roads, and small villages. The island features an array of restaurants and shopping locales, beaches and other outdoor excursions, live entertainment, and more. 

Getting here: St. Maarten is accessible via direct flights from over 30 locations in the US, Europe, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The AUC campus is located a short 5-10 minute drive from the Princess Juliana International Airport.

 

AUC has coordinated with the hotels below in St. Maarten for this conference. Please visit the Conference Accommodations page for complete room and booking information. We strongly recommend that conference delegates book their flights and hotel early, as the conference is being held during the high tourist season. 

HOTEL: THE VILLAS AT SIMPSON BAY RESORT
Location: Billy Folly Road, 37, Simpson Bay, Philipsburg, St. Maarten (approximately 10 minutes from the AUC campus and conference site)
Website: http://www.simpsonbayresort.com

 

HOTEL: SONESTA OCEAN POINT RESORT
Location: 1 Rhine Road, Maho Beach, Maho Village, St. Maarten (approximately 5 minutes from the AUC campus and conference site)
Website: https://www.sonesta.com/sx/maho-bay/sonesta-ocean-point-resort-st-maarten

 

HOTEL: DIVI LITTLE BAY BEACH RESORT
Location: 15 Longwall Road, Philipsburg, St. Maarten (approximately 25 minutes from the AUC campus and conference site)
Website: https://www.diviresorts.com/divi-little-bay-beach-resort-st-maarten.htm

 

HOTEL: THE TOWERS AT MULLET BAY
Location: Mullet Bay (about five minutes from the AUC campus and conference site)
Website: http://www.thetowersatmulletbay.com