Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course - Bethesda, MD
MMHAC was created with the goal of providing training for military primary care providers in preparing for and executing appropriate medical care to civilian populations in the austere health emergency setting. The content of this two-day course focuses on understanding the unique health environment and recognizing and managing those conditions consistently associated with high mortality among the most vulnerable populations (primarily children) in these settings: diarrhea and dehydration, malnutrition, epidemic measles, malaria and respiratory infections.
Course scenarios focus on the role that US military medical assets would likely play as early responders to a humanitarian emergency with limited medical resources. This course was developed by a multidisciplinary faculty assembled from individuals with experience in humanitarian operations and expertise in infectious disease, management of dehydration, malnutrition, preventive medicine and health education. The instructional strategy relies heavily on interactive processes (scenario exercises and case management based skill stations). The scenarios and cases are all derived from real operational experiences of instructors and allow students to problem solve and face ethical dilemmas in triage and develop creative logistical and clinical solutions. In class, instruction parallels this manual which contains complete diagnostic and treatment algorithms for the targeted clinical conditions and has been derived from publications of international public health authorities. The course culminates in a round robin of “skill stations”, in which students must demonstrate their ability to manage a field clinical scenario in each major category: Dehydration, Malnutrition, and Infections. In addition, students must complete a comprehensive written exam.
MMHAC continues its current affiliation with USU through CGHE and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics. Information regarding the course can be obtained by contacting LTC(P) Mike McCown at firstname.lastname@example.org.