Defense Institute for Medical Operations preps course for Ebola outbreak responders

The U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operations develops training course for Ebola outbreak responders.
When the 2014 Ebola outbreak occurred in West Africa, affected countries reached out to the United States seeking help containing the disease.

Even with help from the U.S., the disease affected thousands, in addition to the teams trained to handle such situations. This is why the U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO) has developed classes for such response efforts.

“We use the training to build capacity in our international partners, so that they are better able to address regional problems,” Dr. Matthew Dolan, director of academic development at DIMO, said. 

Dolan, along with Major Charla Tully, created Ebola Awareness Training. This two-week course includes medical training and first responder training. Instructors from the U.S. Army, Navy, National Guard and Air Force also participate in the training.

“Our goal was to develop administrative planning for Ebola, provide confidence and competence with protective equipment and address community outreach,” Dolan said. 

Some of the students of the course progressed quickly, which meant they were able to become instructors. The course lasted 17 weeks; upon completion, African representatives were ready to handle Ebola patients.

“Some individuals possessed great skill in presenting, so we just familiarized them with the course,” Dolan said.

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