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Wednesday June 16

Track Chairs

Daniel Kollek


Valerie Homier


Dr. Kollek has a background that includes military combat, department administration and clinical medicine, As with other physicians who have been practicing for more that 30 years he prefers the term “Vintage Physician” rather than simply old.

Dr. Valerie Homier practices Emergency Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada. She completed the European Masters of Disaster Medicine program in 2018. She was appointed Medical Co-Director of Emergency Measures at the MUHC in 2017. You can follow her at @ValerieHomier


The track is composed of three sessions : a surgeon who responded to the Beirut explosion will review how to prepare for a massive MCI, a high ranking HMO executive from Israel will speak to how the country managed to vaccinate half of it’s population in a matter of weeks and an expert in health care emergency preparedness will deliver a lecture on preparing your hospital and your emergency department for civil unrest/riots.

Learning Objectives

Understanding how to respond to a massive MCI.

Understanding the process behind organizing a mass vaccination program.

Understanding how to prepare your hospital for civil unrest.


“Lend a Hand” / “Lend a Shoulder”: COVID -19 Vaccination Operation in Israel

In December 2020, Israel started a mass vaccination operation. By the mid of March 2021 half of Israeli citizens had received the COVID-19 vaccine. Criteria for the vaccination were updated as an ongoing process due to new variants of the COVID-19 virus and accumulated data. The operation is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and other agencies. This complicated operation will be presented in the lecture

Learning Objectives

Major challenges in mass vaccination operation
Coordination and cooperation
Organizational flexibility


Information Transparency
Cultural sensitivity
Public trust

International emergency medical teams responding to the Beirut blast 2020

Following the 2020 Beirut blast international emergency medical teams were deployed to assist. The WHO set up a coordination cell and the presentation will describe the response and discuss to what extent international trauma care was needed.

Learning Objectives

Introduce the WHO led Emergency Medical Teams initiative with classification and standards
The type of needs that must be assessed before deploying international emergency medical teams
Significant trauma care capacities exist in many middle income countries

Managing Civil Unrest in the ED

This presentation will explore: how civil unrest is similar to and different than traditional hazards (e.g., extreme weather); key aspects and impacts that be anticipated; how to protect occupants (i.e., staff, patients, visitors) and the facility; and practical activities that can be taken prior to, and during, an event to minimize disruption and allow for effective delivery of medical care to all.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to: Identify challenges and vulnerabilities of healthcare facilities and its occupants following civil unrest
Determine practical activities to prepare the organization for civil unrest using applicable emergency management techniques
Recognize approaches to maximize equitable delivery of healthcare in extra-ordinary circumstances


How general emergency management efforts can be applied to events of civil unrest
How civil unrest differs from other hazards
How training, planning, exericsing, and developing relationships can minimize impacts of civil unrest