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Medical News & Perspectives
March 6, 2002

Medical Educators Weigh Curriculum Changes to Address Threats of Terrorism

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JAMA. 2002;287(9):1099-1100. doi:10.1001/jama.287.9.1099

During the initial weeks and months after the September 11 terrorist attacks, medical schools and teaching hospitals responded with a flurry of special programs on emergency preparedness and anthrax exposure. Now they face perhaps the greater challenge of incorporating long-term curriculum changes that address the potential for future terrorist attacks.

"In terms of educational issues, it was the beginning of the anthrax incidents to which medical schools responded very rapidly," said Deborah Danoff, MD, associate vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Division of Medical Education. "But now we're at the next level. We have to determine what to do now to prepare for the future. We need a long-term plan."

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