In addition to assisting in all EMS medical director duties, fellows may participate with our affiliated programs and agencies including:
The fellow may participate in several facets of disaster medicine. North Carolina maintains State Medical Assistance Teams (SMAT) with Team-II located in Winston-Salem. SMAT is a rapid medical statewide response team capable of a four- to six-hour response time when activated and is capable of responding to assist the citizens of North Carolina in a crisis situation. SMAT is prepared to respond to events ranging from a medical strike team to a 15-bed field Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) deployment.
We maintain a Mobile Disaster Hospital (MDH), which is able to deploy within 24 hours and begin clinical operations within 48 hours.
The MDH comprises:
- 500-bed hospital complete with 21-bed emergency room
- Two-bed operating suites
- One-bed operating suite with C-arm and surgical microscope
- 12-bed intensive care unit
- Six-bed pre/post-operative suite
- Rapid response unit
Response scale includes setup for a natural or industrial disaster to a large-scale decontamination operation as a result of a terrorist event involving weapons of mass destruction. Wake Forest Baptist Health maintains a 110,000-square-foot warehouse where disaster assets and offices are located and maintained.
Mass Gathering Experience
Several venues offer the fellow experience in planning for and providing medical care in mass gathering: Wake Forest University NCAA Division I sports, including football and basketball games, where medical care is provided at dedicated care centers in collaboration with Forsyth County EMS; the PGA Wyndham Championship, held annually in Greensboro, NC, where medical care is provided in collaboration with Guilford County EMS.
Wilderness medicine experience includes:
- Expedition and disaster medicine
- Dive medicine
- Search and rescue
- Altitude illness
- Cold- and heat-related illness
- Wilderness trauma
- Wild animal attacks
Wilderness medicine explores health risks and safety issues in extreme situations such as mountains, jungles, deserts, caves and marine environments.
Fellows have the opportunity to:
- Participate in development and delivery of an annual regional wilderness medicine educational conference.
- Participate in research and medical direction of wilderness medicine events.
- Become involved with a regional wilderness medicine nonprofit organization.