Bioterrorism Preparedness Classes Offered
Online sessions offer continuing education credit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Virtual Medical Campus offers online bioterrorism preparedness training for healthcare providers, public health employees, and others. In the Charleston area, the Area Health Education Center at WVU-Charleston Division coordinates these classes.

Three classes are available at no cost:
“Terrorism Recognition and Reporting” is designed to prepare individuals in recognition of, alerting the public health systems of, an event at community, state, and national levels.
“Multidisciplinary Response” is designed to aid in the coordination and interdisciplinary response to terrorist events and other public health emergencies.
“Acute Care of Patients from WMD Events,” addresses acute care needs for vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly in the event a weapon of mass destruction is used.
Two Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CEU) credits will be awarded upon successful completion of each online class.

In the spring, there will be hands-on, tabletop training exercises in which course participants will have the opportunity to be involved in community response planning and evaluation.

All of the courses are part of a two-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources Services Administration.

For more information about course registration and participation, visit the West Virginia University’s Virtual Medical Campus website at www.vmc.wvu.edu/hrsa/. To register and take the course, go to http://ikb.vmc.wvu.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Giles at the WV Area Health Education Centers Program Office at sgiles@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-347-1226.

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For more information:
BSharon Giles, AHEC, (304)347-1226
sg: 1-27-05

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