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Maryland Professional

Volunteer Corps

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

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.)

Allegany 14 Harford 22

Anne Arundel 49 Howard 82

Baltimore City 56 Kent 9

Baltimore County 78 Montgomery 159

Calvert 9 Prince George’s 69

Caroline 12 Queen Anne’s 14

Carroll 29 Somerset 5

Cecil 11 St. Mary’s 10

Charles 11 Talbot 19

Dorchester 15 Washington 15

Frederick 34 Wicomico 9

Garrett 8 Worchester 9

Volunteers by Type

Physician 682

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

Special Note: The Information on the Board’s Emergency Preparedness Web Site is in Chronological Order.
deployment plan
Deployment Plan
  • Notification
    • Toll-Free Maryland Board of Physicians’ Call-In Phone Number (this confidential phone number will be printed on the front of your ID Badge.)
    • E-mail
    • Web Site Notification
    • TV/Radio
  • DHMH will notify the Board of needs (i.e. number of volunteers, specialty, location) – Alert will be sent by the Board to individuals with instructions (via telephone, email, etc.)
deployment flow chart you will receive a copy of this upon submitting your contact information form
Deployment Flow Chart:(You will receive a copy of this upon submitting your Contact Information Form)
emergency preparedness acronyms
Emergency Preparedness Acronyms
  • DSPHS-Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services
  • E-MAC-Emergency Management Assistance Compact (A compact signed by member states that provides for mutual assistance among states in managing any declared emergency disaster.)
  • EOC-Emergency Operations Center
  • FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • LHDs-Local Health Departments
  • MEMA- Maryland Emergency Management Agency
more acronyms
More Acronyms:
  • MOU- Memorandum of Understanding
  • NPS- National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (renamed on March 1, 2003 to the “SNS” for “Strategic National Stockpile”)
  • PIO- Public Information Officer
  • SNS- Strategic National Stockpile, the national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins and other medications and equipment designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency
  • Please keep the Board’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator informed if you change your phone number, address, email address, etc.
  • If an emergency arises, we need to know how to contact you!
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

presentation modules
Presentation Modules:
  • Public Health Preparedness & Response
    • Julie Casani, MD, MPH, Medical Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness Response, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, Office of the Secretary, Community Health Admin., Bioterrorism Division
  • Legal Considerations for Volunteers
    • Paul Ballard, Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Office of the Attorney General
  • Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction
    • Cindy Parker, MD, MPH, Training Specialist, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness & Dan Barnett, MD, MPH, Training Specialist, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Incident Command
    • Richard L. Alcorta, MD, EMS Medical Director, State of Maryland
viewing the presentations
Viewing the Presentations
  • Go to “Required Course Presentations” on the Board’s Emergency Preparedness Web site.
  • Click the “Online Volunteer Training” link, which will take you to the training. (Please note that you will need to create an account to access the material.)
  • View each presentation.
after each presentation you will have to complete a short quiz on the material
After each presentation, you will have to complete a short quiz on the material.
  • Must get 80% correct to pass
  • You will be notified of your results.
what if you have a question when viewing the online presentations
What if you have a Question when viewing the online presentations?
  • Send your question & to whom it is addressed via email, fax or mail to the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. After an answer is returned by the speaker, your question & answer will be posted on this website for all to view.

(see next slide for contact information)

emergency preparedness coordinator s contact info
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator’s Contact Info:

Attn: Emergency Coordinator

Maryland Board of Physicians

4201 Patterson Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21215

Phone: 410-764-4762

Fax: 410-358-2252

Email: ([email protected])

thanks and admiration
Thanks and Admiration

“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