Terror medicine as part of the medical school curriculum

Leonard A. Cole, Katherine Wagner, Sandra Scott, Nancy D. Connell, Arthur Cooper, Cheryl Ann Kennedy, Brenda Natal, Sangeeta Lamba

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Terror medicine, a field related to emergency and disaster medicine, focuses on medical issues ranging from preparedness to psychological manifestations specifically associated with terrorist attacks. Calls to teach aspects of the subject in American medical schools surged after the 2001 jetliner and anthrax attacks. Although the threat of terrorism persists, terror medicine is still addressed erratically if at all in most medical schools. This paper suggests a template for incorporating the subject throughout a 4-year medical curriculum. The instructional framework culminates in a short course for fourth year students, such as one recently introduced at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA. The proposed 4-year Rutgers curriculum serves as a model that could assist other medical schools contemplating the inclusion of terror medicine in pre-clerkship and clerkship training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number138
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Issue numberSEP
StatePublished - Sep 12 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Disaster medicine
  • Emergency planning
  • Medical education
  • Preparedness
  • Terror medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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