Medical students prepared for bioterrorism
- By: Ahmed Magdy
Medical students are to receive training to cope with bioterrorist attacks under plans drawn up by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The report comes after polls showed that the general public prefers to turn to their doctors for guidance about how to protect themselves and their families in a health emergency.
“Physicians are likely to be one of the first responders to a bioterrorist attack, or the first to recognise the use of a bioterrorist agent,” said president of the association Jordan J Cohen. “It's imperative that today's medical students… learn everything they can to care for patients who may be the victims of such an act.”
The association's bioterrorism initiative includes a plan to prepare future doctors to respond to biological, nuclear, and chemical attacks.
The initiative highlights new learning objectives for medical school curriculums to ensure that students gain adequate knowledge of the public health system, the