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American Academy of Disaster Medicine

The American Academy of Disaster Medicine® (AADM®) was formed by the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. as a means to educate physicians and healthcare professionals on the importance of disaster preparation in the medical community. In conjunction with the academy, the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) became the first and only multi-specialty physician certification body to offer disaster medicine certification and recertification through the American Board of Disaster Medicine (ABODM).

Whereas, the American Academy of Disaster Medicine’s purpose is to promote education and awareness among hospital officials and other healthcare professionals, the ABODM exists to provide a platform for physicians to demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge and experience necessary to be community leaders when it comes to preparation, planning and implementation in the case of a natural, or man-made disaster. AADM and ABODM receive expert consultation on disaster medicine issues by non-physician advisory member Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, FACHE.

The core competencies related to disaster planning, disaster response and disaster recovery include, but are not limited to:

  • A basic knowledge of the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System
  • The importance of safety in disaster responses, including protective equipment, decontamination and site security
  • The principles of triage in a disaster setting
  • The clinical competence to provide effective care with extremely limited resources
  • Understanding of psychological first aid and caring for responders

If you are interested in becoming a community leader, who can be relied upon to coordinate and implement disaster preparation plans, triage and disaster recovery efforts in your community, please consider becoming ABODM board certified and joining the recognized community-minded of physicians who are the foundation of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine.

For additional information, please contact ABPS regarding the rigorous eligibility requirements and testing standards for the ABODM. If serving your fellow citizens in times of critical need appeals to you, please know that your skills and willingness to help are needed no matter which medical specialty you practice, or the city/town you call home.

View the AADM® brochure by clicking here.