Missioncraft in Disasters & Austere Environments

Providing quality care in limited resource settings

April 25-28, 2018

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | Aurora, CO

MISSIONCRAFT IN DISASTERS AND AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS is designed to equip clinical practitioners with advanced practical skills and knowledge in order to effectively provide quality acute care in resource constrained environments. This 4-day intensive course combines principles of Missioncraft in Disaster Relief™ course with in-depth clinical training. The workshop is offered to medical professionals who plan to deploy and provide hands-on, acute care to a large number of patients with limited resources.  The course is designed for experienced professionals in pursuit of mastery to support adaptation of technical and non-technical professional capacities into low-resource and emergency contexts.

Tuition includes

·  4 training days with high faculty-student ratio

·  Course materials

·  CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available

·  Simulations

·  Daily catering (breakfast, lunch and coffee)

·  Conference dinner

Transportation to Denver and lodging are not included.


Key topics

·  Core austere clinical care training and simulation: acute disease, trauma, obstetrics, chronic disease, pediatrics

·  Pre-departure preparation

·  Security in complex environments

·  Critical public health topics for clinical providers

·  Team management

·  Austere ultrasound  

·  Humanitarian technology


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Cost - $1600

CE & CME Included

Questions? GECI@UCDenver.edu



Frequently Asked Questions

What is missioncraft?

It is the art and science and preparing and conducting successful medical operations.

Do I need to international medical field work experience to take this course?

Yes, participants should have at least 3 months of cumulative international medical field work. If you have questions about if you should take the course or if your field experience qualifies, please email GECI@ucdenver.edu and we will be happy to discuss with you in more detail.

What is the educational approach?

Multi-modal; lectures, small groups, table top exercises, simulations and more.

What are the specific educational objectives?

  • Refine strategies for optimizing quality patient care in high-volume, resource-limited settings.
  • Acquire mastery over critical tasks that demonstrate expertise among medical team leaders and medical coordinators in international disaster relief operations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standardize case management for common emergent conditions seen in disaster and austere settings.
  • Understand current humanitarian megatrends in the cluster context.
  • Apply 3 paradigms for use of evidence in disaster health sciences, and detect common forms of information abuse.

Why did missioncraft begin?

The course founders identified a need to train medical and public health professionals who deploy to disasters as full-time, field-based, hands-on providers and who expect to serve as organizational team leader or medical coordinator. It was conceived by career disaster medical coordinators serving as resident scholars at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy.





David Bradt is a disaster epidemiologist trained in emergency medicine and public health.  His professional interest is disaster health services leading to disaster field experience in 25 countries and territories.  Among his field assignments, he served as emergency physician in the Mujahideen-Afghan Surgical Hospital casualty receiving station at the Afghan-Pakistan border during the Afghan-Soviet war, International Federation of Red Cross medical coordinator in Zaire during the Rwandan genocide, International Rescue Committee physician in Macedonia and Albania during the Kosovo ethnic cleansing, WHO medical coordinator in Indonesia after the Indian Ocean tsunami, WHO emergency coordinator in Tunisia during the Libyan civil war, WHO senior public health advisor in South Sudan during its civil war, USAID\OFDA senior field officer in Sudan during the Darfur genocide, USAID\OFDA health advisor to the US Inter-agency Task Force after the Haiti earthquake, USAID\OFDA regional advisor in Southern Africa during the El Nino drought, and American Red Cross medical consultant at US disasters including Hurricane Andrew, Supertyphoon Paka, and World Trade Center terrorism. He is co-author of Missioncraft in Disaster Relief, the first field manual devoted to the unique responsibilities of disaster medical coordinators.    


Christina M. Drummond, AM, MBBS, DObst(RCOG), DTM&H, FRACP, MPH, MAE, FAFPHM

Christina Drummond is a specialist in infectious diseases and public health.  She trained at the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University, the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Her professional interest is communicable disease control in disadvantaged populations leading to field experience in 24 countries and territories.  Among her field assignments, she served as Australian Red Cross medical team leader in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge insurgency, International Federation of Red Cross medical coordinator in Zaire during the Rwandan genocide, American Red Cross epidemiologist in Guam after Supertyphoon Paka, International Rescue Committee physician in Macedonia and Albania during the Kosovo ethnic cleansing, WHO medical officer for tuberculosis in Indonesia during the Timor crisis, UNICEF-CDC technical advisor for Stop Polio in Sudan, CARE International health project manager in Sudan during the Darfur genocide, WHO public health consultant in the Maldives and in India after the Indian Ocean tsunami, WHO public health consultant in Cambodia after Mekong River flooding, and Medecins Sans Frontieres advisor for TB and other infectious disease projects worldwide. She is co-author of Missioncraft in Disaster Relief, the first field manual devoted to the unique responsibilities of disaster medical coordinators.    


Emilie J. Calvello Hynes, MD, MPH

Dr. Emilie J. Calvello Hynes is a specialist in emergency medicine and public health. She has trained at academic medical centers in the US and crossed trained in austere emergency care through the International Committee of the Red Cross, Harvard University and the World Health Organization.  Her professional interest is in developing emergency care capacity in post disaster countries via innovative approaches to health system strengthening and education of health care personnel to provide best practice service delivery. Among her recent field experience, she served as director of emergency services for International Medical Corps immediately after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, senior technical advisor to Catholic Relief Services during the Haiti cholera epidemic, senior faculty at JFK Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia from 2009 to 2013. She is a consultant to the US State Department for their Senior Crisis Management and Hospital Based Management of Mass Casualty Incident courses held throughout the world. She has created the Austere Medicine course currently run at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as FRAME (First Response in the Austere Medical Environment) - a lay provider emergency care training program for communities with severe resource constraints – which has been taught in multiple countries.  She has served as a Johnson and Johnson Fellow in Liberia, senior faculty at the University of Maryland Global Health Interprofessional Consortium and currently sits on the scientific committees of the African Federation of Emergency Medicine and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.  Her awards include the University of Cape Town Visiting Lecturer Scholarship, University of Maryland Teaching Award, the Johns Hopkins International Scholarship, the Johns Hopkins Service Excellence Award and the Hoobler Award for Excellence in Public Health and Medicine.


Faculty Experience

·  Current specialty board certifications or specialty society fellowships in clinical medicine and public health

·  Organizational experience as disaster medical coordinator or team leader for governmental, non-governmental, United Nations, and Red Cross organizations

·  Field experience as disaster medical coordinator or health advisor in over two dozen countries on five continents

·  Language fluency in two or more official UN languages