Since 9-11 and recent hurricanes affecting West Virginia, the importance of preparation for a natural disaster, terrorist, or bio terrorism event has become increasingly important.

Through a two-year project funded by Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), the West Virginia University Virtual Medical Campus (VMC®) is implementing a program to provide bio terrorism preparedness continuing education training for healthcare providers, public health employees, and other interested individuals.

The program, titled West Virginia Prepares: Continuing Education Partnership Project, offers online access to three training courses and hands-on learning opportunities through the West Virginia AHECs.

Course one, "Recognition and Reporting of a Terrorist Event or Public Health Emergency," is designed to prepare individuals in alerting the public health systems of an event at community, state, and national levels.

Course two, "Participation in a Multidisciplinary Coordinated Response," is designed to aid in the coordination and interdisciplinary response to terrorist events and other public health emergencies.

Course three (available December 2004), "Acute Care of Patients from WMD Events," addresses acute care needs for vulnerable populations such as pediatrics and geriatrics. In the spring of 2005, there will be a hands-on, tabletop training exercise in which course participants and other interested community members will have the opportunity to be involved.

The courses fulfill requirements for Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CEU) credits available at your fingertips - with a click of your mouse.

Continuing Education credits and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available free of charge.

Two credits are granted per course for a total of 6 credits.

In addition, there will be credits available with the live table top exercise.

Courses are accessible from any home or work computer with internet access; visit the West Virginia University's Virtual Medical Campus website at WVU Virtual Medical Campus

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Fisher at the Northern West Virginia Rural Health Education Center at or 304-462-6465.