Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps Introduction to the Online Training.
Introduction to the Online Training
Jointly sponsored by : The Maryland Board of Physicians, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, MedChi: The Maryland State Medical Society, MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center and the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness
A brief word to course participants from the Chairman of the Maryland Board of Physicians on speaking to the public and the media in the event of an emergency situation:
The purpose of the Board’s Emergency Preparedness Program is to provide the participants with very basic knowledge about what types of emergency situations we may face, how our licensed Maryland providers may help in times of need, and what our legal protections and responsibilities are. This training should not be construed to confer expert status on the participants.
In the event of an emergency situation, the flow of accurate, measured, and consistent information to the public will be paramount in assuring an optimal outcome. Thus, all contact with media must be left to those specifically charged with that duty. It is our responsibility to have a coordinated public message, therefore, comments to the public, the press, reporters from the broadcast media, and any other media outlets should be coordinated through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
The Maryland Board of Physicians sincerely thanks you for your service and for your cooperation.
Harry C. Knipp, M.D., FACR
Former Chairman, Maryland Board of Physicians
Active Volunteers: All Counties 331 *
* (Note: This number does not equal the sum of volunteers listed per county, because many volunteers choose “all counties” as their volunteering area, where the numbers below reflect only those who have chosen specific counties to volunteer.)
Volunteers by Type
Physician Assistant 33
Respiratory Care 3
Radiology Tech. 5
Nuclear Tech. 3
Board Member Volunteers:
Harry C. Knipp, M.D.
Paul T. Elder, M.D.
Kevin Gerold, D.O.
J. Ramsay Farah, M.D.
Robert G. Hennessy, M.D.
Theresa C. Rohrs, PA-C
Maryland Board of Physicians
Volunteer Statistics as of January 2006
ID Badge: You need to have your photo taken to become a volunteer—you can do this by scheduling an appointment at the Board’s office in Baltimore by calling 410-764-4762.
Issue Date: 2/01/06
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Attn: Emergency Coordinator
Maryland Board of Physicians
4201 Patterson Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
“As we continue to refine our plans and test them, we are constantly reminded that there are many people in the world who are working just as hard but with the intention of harming us. It is a relief to know that there are many more people with good hearts, who are working to help us. You have our thanks and admiration”
Arlene H. Stephenson, former DHMH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services