Providing accredited courses in radiation emergency medicine for physicians and other medical personnel

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) teaches accredited continuing medical education courses in radiation emergency medicine. Many types of professionals and students can benefit from the lectures, discussions, hands-on activities and role-playing exercises as they learn about the different aspects of the medical management of a radiological/nuclear incident.

Courses are scheduled throughout the year at the unique REAC/TS facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., or these courses can be customized and taught at locations worldwide, such as hospitals, nuclear facilities, first responder agencies and other sites.

ORISE, which is managed by ORAU, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ORISE takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this ACCME activity. Respective courses also are accredited by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP).

These educational activities are designated for a certain number of American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 Credits™ (see specific course descriptions for the number of credits for each).

Courses available:

Radiation Emergency Medicine
This 3.5-day course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and other healthcare providers. First responders, emergency management and public health professionals may also find the course beneficial. The course emphasizes the practical aspects of initial hospital management of irradiated and/or contaminated patients through lectures and hands-on practical exercises.

Advanced Radiation Medicine
This 4.5-day course includes more advanced information for medical practitioners. This program is academically more rigorous than the Radiation Emergency Medicine course and is primarily for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses desiring an advanced level of information on the diagnosis and management of ionizing radiation injuries and illnesses.

Health Physics in Radiation Emergencies
This 4.5-day course is designed primarily for health physicists, medical physicists, radiation safety officers and others who have radiation dose assessment and/or radiological control responsibilities. The course presents an advanced level of information on radiological/nuclear event reconstruction, dose assessments/estimations and integration of the physics discipline with medicine.

Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
This online course provides information related to emergency medical response to toxic industrial chemicals, industrial materials and radioactive materials.

Disclosure Statement
It is the practice of Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. All participating faculty, CME planners, and reviewers in these programs are required to disclose any relevant financial relationship(s) they have with a commercial interest that benefits the individual in any financial amount occurring within the past 12 months; and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of the commercial interests.

The ORISE CME Committee also reviews activity content and the required financial disclosures to identify any relevant financial relationships potentially affecting CME activities.

If necessary, the provider will be required to make changes to activity content as a result of these reviews. ORISE and the CME Committee also reserves the option to exclude some presentations or abstracts from their accredited program of CME or present this content in a track that is outside of but in conjunction with accredited CME. As always, ORISE will ensure that any conflicts of interest are resolved before the educational activity occurs. Information concerning faculty financial interests or its absence will be conveyed to participants at the beginning of all CME activities.