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REAC/TS Collaborating with UT, ACMT to Offer New Training Course

Awareness-level course focuses on emergency medical response to exposures from toxic chemical and radiological materials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2008
FY08-34

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—In an age when terrorist threats are a very real possibility, there has been increasing concern that many of the most likely threats will involve "agents of opportunity (AOO)" or materials that are readily available and can be used to incite fear and  harm. Understanding the concept of chemical and radiological AOO and their effect on civilian populations is important for medical personnel and public health officials responsible for emergency preparedness and response.

To address this training need, the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/ Training Site (REAC/TS) are collaborating to offer an awareness-level course on emergency medical response to exposures from toxic chemical and radiological materials. The two-day course is designed to familiarize healthcare providers and other medical and response personnel who might have a role in planning and preparing for an emergency response to toxic exposures.

The course, scheduled for May 29-30, 2008, on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus, will provide an introduction to a variety of toxic syndromes and will review the medical and psychological consequences of exposures to a variety of materials. The program will also be available via videoconference at additional UT campuses across the state. Participants will earn 13.75 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits at the completion of the training.

A full course schedule and details are available by visiting http://orise.orau.gov/reacts/course-aoo.htm. The registration deadline is Friday, May 16.

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) is managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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