Mandatory emergency response training for clinicians in New York State: Can a policy case be made?

Steven H. Silber, DO, ScM, Kristine M. Gebbie, DrPH, RN, Theodore J. Gaeta, DO, MPH


There is no mandatory training for individual physicians with respect to overall emergency preparedness in New York State. This paper explores the policy implications of linking licensure and registration to mandatory competency-based educational programs on emergency preparedness response structure and high-risk biological agents. In this article, we explore the implications of mandatory registration and training with a single emergency response facility or agency, and we propose creative solutions that may make such a policy palatable to all stakeholders.



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