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Center for Bioterrorism and Disaster Response Opens in Valhalla

June 05, 2017

These aren’t mannequins you’d see in a department store. The mannequins in a new facility at New York Medical College are used to train for responses to bioterrorism and disasters. They breathe and they cry and they moan while injuries are simulated and their vital signs are monitored. They also ‘die.’

“The people who are being trained experience the same kind of remorse and sense of failure that they get in a real victim situation,” Dr. Robert Amler, dean and professor of public health, told attendees on a tour of the facility Monday. “It gets that real when you’re being trained and so we don’t smile quite as much in here because we know this can be reality.”

Elected officials, law enforcement and health professionals attended the dedication of the college’s new Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters. The center, the 11th “Center of Excellence” in the state and the first in the Hudson Valley, was supported in part by a $500,000 grant from the state, according to state Sen. Terrence Murphy.

NYMC Leadership: 
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs
Alan Kadish, M.D., president

Source: The Journal News