For two days, students at Spartanburg's new medical school will participate in disaster response training provided through a unique grant awarded to the school.
Second year students at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, or VCOM for short, are learning how to treat and recognize victims of biological or chemical terrorism in a course titled “Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism.”
“The training is a necessity of the times,” said Dr. Darlene Myles, the chair of the school's emergency medicine department, who helped write the grant to secure the course.
VCOM was one of just four medical schools in the country to receive the grant which is funded largely through the US CDC.
The training includes lectures from terrorism specialists as well as hands-on simulations to include bomb blasts and chemical warfare.
“It's not a question of if, it's a question of when these students will deal with terrorism in their careers,” Myles said.
First responders and practicing physicians from around the Upstate were invited to attend the training which wraps up Saturday afternoon.