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2011 House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting of American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. ® (AAPS) to Highlight the Importance of Disaster Medicine Preparedness

What Every Physician Should Know About Disasters

"The 2011 AAPS House of Delegates and Annual Scientific Meeting is designed to provide physician specialists with up-to-date information regarding what to do when disasters strike,” said AAPS President Anthony P. Russo, Jr., DO, FAAA.

The American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. ® (AAPS), a non-profit organization of allopathic and osteopathic physicians dedicated to advancing the science of medicine, announced today that its 2011 House of Delegates and Annual Scientific Meeting will be held June 20-25 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in McLean, Virginia.

"The 2011 AAPS House of Delegates and Annual Scientific Meeting is designed to provide physician specialists with up-to-date information regarding what to do when disasters strike,” said AAPS President Anthony P. Russo, Jr., DO, FAAA. “The meeting also provides AAPS members with a forum in which to discuss developing and emerging issues in their specialties.”

This year's meeting, titled “What Every Physician Should Know about Disasters,” will feature clinical and technical presentations on a broad array of disaster medicine topics including:

  • Damage Control Resuscitation
  • Shelter in Place, Family First
  • Epidemics after Natural Disasters
  • Earthquake Disaster Response: Lessons from Haiti
  • Top Twelve Things Physicians Need to Know When It Comes to Disasters

One of the event's featured speakers, Dave Lemonick, MD, FAAEP, said “The average physician has no experience with a blast injury.” An emergency physician in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dr. Lemonick added “This is a critical preparedness issue since the threat of terrorist attacks remains an ever-present reality and bombings are the perpetrators' method of choice.”

Regarding natural disasters, “Physicians responding to disasters must understand the factors that lead to epidemics, and to the preventative measures that have been shown to be effective,” said Dr. Lemonick. “Risk for disease outbreaks after natural disasters is often assumed to be very high.”

Meeting participants are eligible to earn continuing medical education credits (CMEs) for taking part in scientific sessions, medical ethics courses, and certification development workshops. The CME program is open to non-members in additiona to members of AAPS.

AAPS academies of medicine and affiliated boards of certification meet during the business portion of the meeting.

The annual AAPS meeting brings together physicians from 17 medical specialties including anesthesiology, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, disaster medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine obstetrics, family practice, geriatric medicine, hospital medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, radiation oncology, surgery, and urgent care medicine.

For more information about the meeting or to register, visit http://www.aapsus.org/annual-meeting.

AAPS is the governing organization of the American Board of Physician Specialists® (ABPS). ABPS is a national multi-specialty organization that sets rigorous standards for physician board certification. ABPS physician specialists place patients first and abide by the highest ethical standards. AAPS also operates the AAPS Foundation, an educational foundation whose purpose is to promote an understanding of physician board certification to the public.

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