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Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation (in-person) Course

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Description of MEIR Course >> Course brochure <<
MEIR course logo The Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation (MEIR) Course (in person) is post-graduate level instruction concerning the biomedical consequences of radiation exposure, how the effects can be reduced, and how to medically manage casualties. The training includes nuclear incidents that can occur on or off the battlefield and that go beyond nuclear weapons events. It covers thoroughly all four of the key subjects: health physics, biological effects of radiation, medical/health effects, and psychological effects.

Course length and location—The on-site course is a 3-day event taught throughout the year at major U.S. military bases throughout the United States and abroad.

Who should participate—The in-person MEIR Course provides valuable information for military medical personnel, including physicians, nurses, medical planners, and first responders.

Security requirements
—The course has no security requirements.

Course content—The postgraduate-level course addresses the following topics:
  1. Fundamentals of ionizing radiation
  2. Ionizing radiation interactions with cells and organs
  3. Diagnosis and treatment of acute radiation syndromes and combined injuries
  4. Psychological effects of radiation exposure
  5. Internal radiation contamination
  6. Radiological defense
  7. Radioprotection
  8. Hazards of ionizing radiation
  9. Radiation pathology
  10. Human exposure resulting from radiation accidents
  11. Consequences of nuclear weapons detonation
  12. Nuclear accident response by governmentMEI organizations

Host site request—To host MEIR training at your facility, go to this web page. It contains information plus an online form via which you can submit your request to host a MEIR Course.

How to register for the in-person MEIR Course
Registration for the in-person course is free for all military personnel and DOD civilians (i.e., those with a .mil email address). Non-DOD civilian medical personnel are required to pay a $200 registration fee.

To view the FY2014 course schedule, please click here.

Distributive Learning (online) MEIR Course—A 6-hour online MEIR course is available as a refresher for the Standard (in-person) MEIR Course. For more information about the online MEIR course, please click here.
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