SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - International and Caribbean experts on emergency preparedness and disaster healthcare will gather in Sint Maarten for an international conference aimed at helping to prepare the Caribbean region to better respond to hurricanes and other natural disasters. Leaders, first responders and healthcare professionals in the Caribbean and from around the globe are welcome and encouraged to attend to add their perspective to these important discussions.
The International Conference on Disaster Medicine and Hurricane Resiliency will be held March 8 – 11 in Sint Maarten, on the campus of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). As a part of the conference, notable speakers from the Caribbean, including hospital leaders, public health officials and climate/weather experts will lead crucial discussions on issues facing the region.
AUC, in cooperation with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts (HMFP), and in close coordination with Caribbean experts, has launched the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM), a regional center of excellence to foster education, research and training on disaster preparedness and response.
The CCDM was created in the wake of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that devastated the island of Sint Maarten during the 2017 hurricane season. Through collaborations with international experts, the Sint Maarten government, Caribbean emergency management agencies, academic institutions and others, the CCDM intends to develop partnerships that build capacity to prepare for and respond to major disasters, drawing on global expertise and experiences.
For the conference, the CCDM has assembled a group of highly regarded experts in the field of disaster medicine, led by Dr. Gregory Ciottone, MD, FACEP, FFSEM who directs the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he holds an Associate Professor appointment.
AUC is part of an alliance of Adtalem Global Education institutions in the Caribbean, which also includes Ross University School of Medicine on Barbados and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts. Adtalem Global Education institutions also include Chamberlain University School of Nursing in the United States.
About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The organization's purpose is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Founded in 1978, AUC has more than 6,500 graduates and is one of the oldest medical schools in the Caribbean. Dedicated to developing physicians with a lifelong commitment to patient-centered care, AUC embraces collaboration, inclusion and community service. With a campus in Sint Maarten, affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom, and internationally recognized faculty, AUC has a diverse medical education program for today’s globally minded physician. For more information visit aucmed.edu, follow AUC on Twitter (@aucmed), Instagram (@aucmed_edu) and Facebook (@aucmed).
About Adtalem Global Education
The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil (IBMEC, Damásio and Wyden institutions) American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit adtalem.com.