Disaster Medicine Certificate Series (DMCS)

Disaster Medicine Certificate Series (DMCS)


In the first program of its kind for medical students, the University of Louisville Global Education Office and the National Wilderness Medical Society is proud to bring you the Disaster Medicine Certificate Series (DMCS). Our program aims to provide medical students with knowledge and clinical skills training related to disaster and wilderness medicine in the hopes that when disaster strikes, students will be ready and able to help.

Topics Covered:

  • Active Shooter / Stop the Bleed

  • Incident Command (ICS) Certification

  • Mass Prophylaxis and Medical Sheltering

  • HAZMAT and Bioterrorism

  • Emergency Medicine Skills Training

  • Safety, Rescue, and Evacuation

  • Improvised and Alternative Medicine

  • Wilderness Emergencies & Trauma Management

  • ~ And More! ~

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Learning Objectives 

  • To provide students with the key knowledge and specific skills which inform and enable a high-quality response to the medical and technical aspects of specific areas in Wilderness and Disaster Medicine
  • To provide this training by recruiting recognized subject matter experts (SME) to form the course faculty.
  • To provide the opportunity for certified trainings in Incident Command System (ICS) protocols and ability to fulfill MS3/MS4 clinical elective credits.
  • To provide evidence of high-level training and certification in specific areas of Disaster and Wilderness Medicine 

Student Benefit

  • Upon completion of the Disaster Medicine Certificate Series (DMCS), students will receive:
    • Exposure to areas of Disaster and Wilderness Medicine not previously taught in the current medical curriculum
    • The knowledge and ability to respond to statewide medical disaster relief through participation in the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
    • FEMA-certified training in Incident Command System (ICS) protocols
    • Official certifications in various areas of wilderness medicine and trauma protocols
    • Signed certificate of completion from University of Louisville and National Wilderness Medical Society officials 

Requirements for Completion 

  • Completion of DMCS will be based on a point system. There will be a series of required core modules, and the rest will be available for students to complete based on their personal interests and goals.
  • The point system works as follows:
    •  1 point will be awarded for minor didactic lectures
      • These include scheduled hour-long lectures (lunch lectures), online modules, and other primarily didactic lectures or talks approved by the DMCS
        • *Note* on-line modules can be viewed for a maximum of 3 points throughout the course of completion of the certificate
  • 2 points will be awarded for the required enrollment in the Louisville Metro Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • 3 points will be awarded for major skills training days
    • These include multi-hour training sessions on topics mentioned above
    • Specific examples include active shooter trainings, wilderness medical skills training days, etc.
  • 5 points will be awarded upon optional completion of the week-long “Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Events” Course (HERT course)
    • This course is taught at the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) facility in Anniston, AL
  • Students will need a total of 15 points over the course of two consecutive academic years to receive the signed certificate of completion.

Children’s Special Response Team 

  • In addition to completing the Disaster Medicine Certificate Series, students will also have the opportunity to join Norton Children’s Hospital’s (NCH) Children’s Special Response Team (CSRT).
    • The CSRT is a crisis and disaster response team made up entirely of medical students from DMCS.
    • Students will receive training from NCH Staff on hospital HAZMAT and decontamination procedures, as well as acquire additional FEMA certifications.
    • At the completion of their training, students will have the opportunity to join the CRST and receive alerts to respond (if available) to pediatric mass casualty incidents for the remainder of their time at UofL School of Medicine, or until they request to be removed from the alert list.   
    • If called in, students may assist in:
      • Class C HAZMAT decontamination of casualties
      • Family reunification
      • Basic medical care
      • Patient Transport
      • Communication assistance
      • Other duties, as needed.


Students will be able to sign up for DMCS by filling out the Google Form linked below. 

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For more information about DMCS, feel free to contact any of our executives listed below. 

Madison Kommor
Program Director (Student)
Student Founder

Bethany Hodge MD MPH
Program Director (Faculty)
Faculty Founder
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Jenevieve Kincaid MD MPH FAWM
WMS Liaison and DMCS Co-Founder

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