The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) launched the American Board of Disaster Medicine to provide board certifications in disaster medicine. After 2 years of intense focus on the subject, the certification of disaster medicine was established due to the need for responders to organize and coordinate disaster planning effectively. Physicians from a range of backgrounds are needed to enable comprehensive response when disaster strikes.
"This program is an integral step in preparing our nation's health system so when these disasters strike, we can work together as a team," said William Carbone, chief executive officer of the ABPS. "We have some of the most experienced and powerful minds behind this initiative."
Interested physicians should submit applications by May 1. For more information or to apply, contact the ABPS in writing at 2296 Henderson Mill Rd., Suite 206, Atlanta, GA 30345; by phone at 770/939-8555; or online at www.abpsga.org/index.html . The first examination will be in fall 2006.