Disaster and emergency response training
Medical students haven't traditionally been trained to respond in disaster situations. Now a university in Canada is trying to establish an ambitious training programme that will cater for their training needs. Amy Cheng finds out if medical students are entering a new era of emergency response
The London tube bombings—52 dead. The Asian tsunami—220000 dead. The 11 September attacks—2986 dead. Hurricane Katrina—1163 dead. As these figures and images of devastation flashed across newspaper front pages and television screens, I wondered, as a senior medical student, what I could do to help?
I was travelling in South East Asia when the tsunami struck. As soon as I heard about it and the devastation it caused, I immediately submitted an application to volunteer for the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières' emergency relief projects in the affected regions. My enthusiasm was quickly met by disappointment when my application was rejected. According to the