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Executive Updates

Executive Updates
from Dr. Byington

February 2019: Disaster Day


I’m happy to share the success of our 11 th annual Disaster Day, which was held today at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City. The day-long simulation brought nearly 600 Texas A&M students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine together to diagnose, treat, and care for volunteer “patients.” It’s the nation’s largest student-led, interprofessional emergency response simulation and the hallmark of interprofessional education at Texas A&M.

This year, students reacted to mass “injuries” resulting from a chemical explosion at a biocontainment facility, engaging in triage at the disaster site, patient care at a mock field hospital and disaster management and oversight in Disaster City’s Emergency Operations Training Center. For the first time, the Texas State Guard and the Corps of Cadets also took part in Disaster Day, with the guard training cadets in extraction techniques. Started by the College of Nursing in 2008, Disaster Day is one of the most successful, transformative interprofessional learning exercises at Texas A&M.

We are appreciative of our System partner TEEX for providing this premier facility for our students to learn in a realistic, hands-on environment, where emergency response professionals from across the globe regularly come to train. We are also thankful to our corporate sponsor, H-E-B, who utilized their mobile cooking equipment to feed participants with the same set-up they take to actual disasters around the state, as well as the Association of Former Students.

Finally, an endeavor of this size requires a dedicated planning committee. Thank you to all faculty, staff and students who spent countless hours envisioning, designing and executing Disaster Day 2019. It is inspiring to join with you in creating a dynamic learning environment in service of the state.

I encourage you to visit Vital Record to read our story on Disaster Day, and browse photos from the day here.

Carrie L. Byington, MD