Using an H1N1 vaccination drive-through to introduce healthcare students and their faculty to disaster medicine


  • Paul Rega, MD
  • Christopher Bork, PT, PhD, EMT-B, FASAHP
  • Yixing Chen, MPH
  • Donna Woodson, MD
  • Patricia Hogue, PhD
  • Susan Batten, PhD



H1N1, disaster medicine, vaccination, drive-through


Currently, the H1N1 pandemic does not approach the worst-case scenarios that have been predicted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Nevertheless, its impact, fueled by its predilection for nontraditional victims, assorted governmental miscalculations, and journalistic hyperbole, has led to an environment of both fear and skepticism. In this environment, the healthcare infrastructure must sift through relevant data, set aside political rhetoric, weigh the risk-benefit ratio of health-related mandates and recommendations, interact with diverse agencies and departments, and still attend to the medical, psychological, and educational needs of its patients and the community at large.
Despite the challenges presented by the H1N1 pandemic, there is also an opportunity for expanded interdisciplinary education. Recent and past events, here and abroad, have demonstrated that in times of great healthcare need, professional students, through either volunteerism or impressments, have been an important asset in disaster medicine and mass gatherings.1-5 The current H1N1 situation affords healthcare educators an opportunity to expose the current generation of students to disaster medicine and management of care for aggregates and populations.This educational motive is reinforced by the students’ own altruistic desire to not only volunteer in a pandemic but also to act on the belief that it is their obligation.5
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to describe the preparedness and response roles of healthcare students and their faculty at a major university during the H1N1 crisis as an introduction to the interdisciplinary approach to disaster medicine and mass gatherings.

Author Biographies

Paul Rega, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Christopher Bork, PT, PhD, EMT-B, FASAHP

Professor, Director of Homeland Security, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Yixing Chen, MPH

Graduate Researcher, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Donna Woodson, MD

Professor, Director of Women’s Health, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Patricia Hogue, PhD

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and Assistant Dean, Student Diversity, Recruitment and Retention, College of Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Susan Batten, PhD

Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, College of Nursing, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.


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How to Cite

Rega, MD, P., C. Bork, PT, PhD, EMT-B, FASAHP, Y. Chen, MPH, D. Woodson, MD, P. Hogue, PhD, and S. Batten, PhD. “Using an H1N1 Vaccination Drive-through to Introduce Healthcare Students and Their Faculty to Disaster Medicine”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 5, no. 2, Mar. 2010, pp. 129-36, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2010.0016.



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