200.055 Maximizing Participation of Medical Students in Natural Disaster and Emergency Situations

200.055

Maximizing Participation of Medical Students in Natural Disaster and Emergency Situations: The Texas Medical Association (1) supports medical students volunteering inside of their institutional affiliations during times of disaster and emergency, due to both the need for and the competency of medical students, as demonstrated by previous research and disaster situations; (2) recognizes that medical students often possess the altruistic attributes that are of great benefit during critical times following natural or man-made disasters, catastrophic events, or public health crises. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and actively participate as fully as their schedules will allow in volunteer activities that best utilize these attributes. TMA encourages participation by medical students in official responder organizations, such as the American Red Cross or Medical Reserve Corps; and (3) encourages academic health centers, and medical schools in particular, to promote awareness among their students of the Texas Department of State Health Services’ online centralized volunteer registry for disaster or public health emergency response efforts. This registry is an effective way to maximize the unique skills possessed by medical students for engaging in organized activities of the state’s responder organizations for disaster or public health emergencies. (Res. 108-A-18; amended CME Rep. 5-A-19)

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June 11, 2019