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Emergency Physician Disaster Deployment: Issues to Consider and a Model Policy

  • Christopher A. Kahn (a1) (a2), Kristi L. Koenig (a2) and Carl H. Schultz (a2)

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Disaster responders are frequently emergency physicians (EPs). Effective response is enhanced by the strong support of home institutions and clear policies for backfill of regular duties. A group of disaster medicine responders and researchers worked with an academic department of emergency medicine to create a policy that addresses concerns of deploying physicians, colleagues remaining at the home institution, and administrators. This article describes the process and content of this policy development work.

Kahn CA , Koenig KL , Schultz CH . Emergency Physician Disaster Deployment: Issues to Consider and a Model Policy. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017;32(4):462464.

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Correspondence: Christopher Kahn, MD, MPH Department of Emergency Medicine University of California, San Diego 200 W. Arbor Drive, MC 8676 San Diego, California 92103 USA E-mail: ckahn@ucsd.edu

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Conflicts of interest: none

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