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Knowledge of the extensive biological and chemical weapons programs in other countries, and use of these weapons by terrorists both in the United States and abroad, have increased concern about the medical management of biological and chemical agent casualties, whether on the battlefield or domestically.  Military and civilian medical and public health professionals must become proficient in recognizing that a biological attack has occurred, activating the appropriate agencies and personnel to investigate the event, treating casualties, and preventing spread of disease.

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Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course (MMCBC)

(Course #6H-F26, School Codes 877 / 879)

USAMRIID and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) jointly conduct the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course.

The course is designed for Medical Corps and Nurse Corps officers; physician assistants; Medical Service Corps officers in specialties 67B, C, or E; and other selected medical professionals.  Classroom instruction, laboratory, and field exercises prepare graduates to effectively manage casualties of chemical and biological agent exposure.

Classroom discussion includes the history and current threat of chemical and biological agent use, the characteristics of threat agents, the pathophysiology and treatment of agent exposure, and the principles of field management of threat agent casualties.

In the field, attendees practice the principles of personal protection, triage, treatment, and decontamination of chemical casualties.  During this exercise, attendees learn the capabilities and limitations of Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) when treating casualties in a contaminated environment.

This six-day course is offered four times each year at Fort Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.  Application for this course is via the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS).  Requests for attendance should be made through your training branch.  The course is approved postgraduate education for physicians and nurses, and is approved military education for entry on the Officer Record Brief.  MCBC is typically attended by physicians, nurses, physician assistants, senior medical NCOs and many other kinds of medical professionals.  People from every military service as well as civilians are encouraged to attend.  Dates of upcoming courses are listed below.

There are no tuition fees. Have your Human Resources Training Manager register you in ATRRS. For those DoD personnel wishing to attend MCBC, TDY requests are funded locally. Civilian personnel are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Credits - Up to 44.5 CME/CNE/CEU's available for Physicians, Nurses and EMTs. This course can be added to your ORB.

The FY22/23 course schedule is as follows:

  •  17 Oct - 22 Oct 2021
  •  27 Mar - 01 Apr 2022
  •  22 May - 27 May 2022
  •  14 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
  •  16 Oct - 21 Oct 2022
  •  26 Mar - 31 Mar 2023
  •  21 May - 26 May 2023
  •  20 Aug - 25 Aug 2023

If you have questions or need more information about this course, the Field Management of Chemical & Biological Casualties (FCBC) course (#6H-F37/300-F1) or the Hospital Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear & Explosive (HM-CBRNE) Incidents Course (#6I-F10/340-F5), feel free to contact the Distance Learning Project Manager, 1425 Porter Street ATTN: FCMR-UIM-T (Chief, Training, and Education Dept.) Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011.