NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Disaster Relief Partnership Group (DRPG)

Mission:  Today’s physicians are faced with unforeseen tragedies where disaster occurs to people both far and near home. Large scale disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina have opened the eyes of physicians to the importance of disaster medicine. Our mission is to train and educate medical students in disaster preparation, disaster planning, disaster response, and disaster recovery leadership throughout the disaster life cycle. We aim to provide insight, guidance, and expertise on the principles and practice of medicine in areas of disaster impact. We hope to aid future physicians, via workshops, lectures, and various events in the management and participation of disaster relief operations.

National Organization: American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org; Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps – http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/detail.asp?id=18

Our Chapter: DRPG participates in the Safety First Community Plunge at the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club. With the aid of other clubs, DRPG members teach the children the importance of upholding safety in disaster situations . With the help of the American Red Cross, DRPG members are trained and certified in First-Aid. Officials from the Nassau Country Medical Reserve Corps give an informational talk about the medical corps and invite members to join. Dr. Lardner provides an inspirational first hand account of serving in Haiti. Dr. Saggio addresses everyday emergency situations such as diabetic emergencies, baby deliveries, choking emergencies and seizures and what we as medical student can do when we find ourselves in these situations. These presentations, workshops, and training’s give DRPG members both insight and an opportunity to learn about disaster medicine.


Member Position Email
Michael Porter President mporter@nyit.edu
Sally Shukry Vice President sshukry@nyit.edu
Sarah Watson Secretary swatso02@nyit.edu
Majid Hamidi Treasurer mhamid03@nyit.edu
1st Year Representative
Dr. Deborah Lardner Adviser dlardner@nyit.edu


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