What is Disaster Day?
Created by the College of Nursing in 2008, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center’s Disaster Day is the nation’s largest student-led interprofessional emergency response simulation. Past events have included nearly 800 student "providers" and other volunteers focused on mass casualties from hurricanes, tornados, chemical fires, explosions and wildfires. These simulations bring interprofessional student teams together with other members of the community to diagnose, treat and care for volunteer "patients and populations." Not only are participating students better prepared to respond to emergencies, they learn vital skills to practice collaboratively upon graduation.
The next Disaster Day is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. This will mark the event’s 11th anniversary. Interprofessional Education has worked in collaboration with the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health to take Disaster Day to the next level. The College of Dentistry has opted out due to geographic location. The event has been restructured to provide a greater focus on interprofessionalism and to ensure a planning and implementation process that meets the evolving needs of a simulation of this scope and size.
To donate to the Disaster Day Event Fund, please contribute through the Texas A&M Foundation.
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Ten Years of Disaster Training
About 650 A&M students practice mock emergencies as part of 10th annual Disaster Day