March 31, 2011

Pediatric Disaster Management Course Scheduled for First Responders and Medical Professionals

The Nassau County Department of Health’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will present an educational program on Pediatric Disaster Management.  The course, sponsored by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) and the School of Health Professions will be taught by John Zaso, DO, FAAP, Physician Coordinator for the MRC, and other MRC members from various backgrounds.   This training is open to Nassau County MRC members, and students and faculty from NYCOM and the School of Health Professions.

The course will be offered at:

The New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury Campus

Riland Auditorium


Tuesday April 5 & April 12, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.

(Attendees must attend both sessions to receive a Certificate of Course Completion)

This unique course, the first of its kind to be offered in Nassau County, will provide training that will enable first responders to rapidly and efficiently deal with children in disaster response.  Course components will include Introduction to Pediatric Mass Casualty Incident, Trauma Management, and Biological, Chemical and Nuclear events.  First responders will also be educated on the unique psychological and physiological differences of children in stressful situations. 


About the MRC:

The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps, a part of the Nassau County Department of Health, was developed in the days following September 11, 2001.  The Mission of Nassau County MRC is to recruit, deploy, and retain volunteer healthcare professionals who are able to contribute their skills and expertise in response to natural or man-made disasters and public health initiatives.

Practicing or retired medical professionals, such as doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, veterinarians, students in the health professions, and others, can volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps. To date, the MRC has 695 licensed healthcare professional volunteers.

If you would like more information or are interested in joining the MRC, please e-mail MRC at