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AADM Calls for 2014 Disaster Medicine Service Award Nominations

Tampa, FL–The American Academy of Disaster Medicine (AADM®) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award honors deserving individuals, organizations and communities positively affecting public health care in the disaster life cycle of preparation, planning, response and recovery.

“Disaster medicine plays a key role in ensuring that communities and hospitals are adequately prepared,” said AADM President Martin E. Thornton, DO. “We can’t predict disasters, but we can be prepared for them,” he said. Dr. Thornton is a board certified physician in disaster medicine and emergency medicine with American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) from Aubrey, Texas.

Do you know an individual, organization or community making a positive difference in emergency preparedness and disaster health care response? If you do, please consider making a nomination for the AADM award.

Nominees must meet one, or more, of the following criteria:
1. Individuals that successfully served as a leader of disaster preparedness and/or response organization with positive outcomes.
2. Organizations, governmental or non-governmental, that have demonstrated the ability to affect change in the practice of disaster preparedness and/or management response.
3. Communities that have educated, organized and assembled a cohesive team of leaders in community preparedness of disaster medicine and/or management response.

Visit // for nomination submission details. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014. Recipient(s) will be announced June 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida at the House of Delegates and Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

The American Academy of Disaster Medicine is an affiliate academy of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. the governing body of the ABPS which certifies allopathic and osteopathic physicians in a multitude of specialties including disaster medicine. AADM was founded to promote the practice of disaster health care, ensuring that all physicians are aware and prepared to effectively respond to future disasters, either natural or man-made.