Mass Casualty Training

International Disaster & Austere Medicine Conference September 23-26, 2015
Mammoth Lakes, California

PaulAuerbachKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM

Professor of Surgery at Stanford University, co-founder of the Wilderness Medical Society and co-founder of the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER), Dr. Auerbach is one of the world’s leading authorities on wilderness and emergency medicine.

Designed by Dr. Mike Karch, accredited by the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and sponsored in part by DePuy Synthes, MMCS is the only such course in the U.S. that trains the entire OR team — physicians and nurses as well as first responders, community leaders and logistical support staff — on cadavers. In this 3-day intensive course, we review mass casualty/disaster epidemiology, triage protocols, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), ballistics, burns, bombs, urban violence, field hospital construction, communications and deployment logistics, as well as review the medical response to 5 specific disasters that occurred in the last two years. The goal is to enhance readiness for fast-deployed medical and community response to widespread environmental disaster or other mass casualty incidents.


At the end of the course (Day 3), participants are subjected to a simulated disaster scenario — along the lines of what MMM’s team experienced in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Central Philippines. Scenario includes mass casualty/field triage pressure exercises with distracting loud sounds, smoke, limited resources, and approximately 5-9 major casualty patients.

2014 guest lecturers included Captain Joseph G. McQuade, M.D., Director of Public Health for the U.S. Navy, discussing triage processes used in Iraq, as well as how to prepare a medical response to a dirty bomb or nuclear accident, with examples from Fukashima/Chernobyl and TMI. Click here for full 2014 MMCS faculty roster.

** A limited number of slots were available for qualified participants (physicians, RNs, PAs, surgical techs) to receive 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Course Goal Statement: Didactic, cadaver and simulated training for physicians, nurses and techs in standardized mass casualty response within the context of a rapidly-deployable Civilian Mobile Forward Surgical Team model (CMFST).

Dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, in Washington DC, New York City and Pennsylvania… Let’s Train Harder.

All proceeds benefit Mammoth Medical Missions, Inc., 501(c)3, and its ongoing mission to improve medical and surgical care for underserved populations and those affected by widespread disaster.


Click here for 2014 seminar schedule.

Click here for lodging and travel logistics information.


**This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Mammoth Medical Missions. The University of Nevada School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Special thanks to Depuy Synthes, Black Diamond Equipment, Worldpoint, Inc., AO North America, Mobile Cadaver Lab, Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes Fire Dept, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, and the Mono County Health Department.

Course Contact: David Page,


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