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February 2018: Disaster Day

February 2018: Disaster Day



I’m proud to share the success of our 10th annual Disaster Day, which was held today at the Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City. More than 650 students from nursing, medicine, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine responded to a train derailment, engaging in triage at the disaster scene, patient care in a mock field hospital, and disaster management at Disaster City’s Emergency Operations Training Center. It’s the nation’s largest student-led, interprofessional emergency management simulation and a point of pride for Texas A&M.

I cannot emphasize enough the value of events like this for our future health care professionals. We saw the benefits of Disaster Day during the state’s recent response to Hurricane Harvey, where many of our current and former students were called upon as first responders. It is vital that the workforce of tomorrow train together from the start, and transformational learning experiences like Disaster Day are a great platform for such team-based learning. 

It takes a great deal of support to make an event of this magnitude possible. Thank you to our generous supporters, which include, in addition to the College of Medicine, the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, the Association of Former Students and corporate sponsor HEB. We are also thankful to System partner TEEX for providing this exceptional opportunity for our students to learn together at a world-class facility where emergency responders from across the globe come to train.

It is inspiring to participate with each of you in creating a dynamic learning environment in the service of the state. Thank you to all who played a part in the planning, and execution, of Disaster Day—the hallmark of interprofessional education at Texas A&M.

I encourage you to visit Vital Record to read our feature story on Disaster Day, and browse photos here.