UAMS to Host Emergency Preparedness Conference Aug. 27

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LITTLE ROCK – The second Emergency Preparedness Conference for Allied Health Professionals will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS.


Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), respiratory therapists, medical technologists, nuclear medicine and radiologic technologists and other allied health professionals from across Arkansas are among those invited to attend.


Like fire and rescue personnel and doctors and nurses, these allied health professionals would play a vital role in responding to any large-scale emergency, such as a terrorist attack, said conference organizers. Being prepared for such situations includes planning for logistics, resources and a coordinated chain of command.


The registration fee for the conference is $15, which includes continental breakfast. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration is available online at Conference attendees will receive continuing education credit. For more information, call 501-686-6853. 


Ronald Crane, UAMS emergency preparedness manager, will discuss the National Incident Management System, created by the U.S. Homeland Security Administration to guide coordination of responses by multiple agencies in emergency situations.


Dennis Mitchell, a nationally-recognized instructor in the UAMS Emergency Medical Sciences programs, will speak on the role of first responders in terrorist events. Arthur Maune, a nuclear medicine imaging sciences instructor at UAMS, will discuss the role of health professionals in a radiologic emergency. The program will conclude with a panel discussion on emergency preparedness.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has more than 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.