Welcome Remark

Dear Colleagues,

The  Athens  University,  School  of  Medicine,  Post-graduate  program  “International Medicine - Health Crisis Management” and the Athens University, School of Geology and Geoenvironment, Post-graduate program “Strategic Environmental, Disaster and Crisis Management strategies” in collaboration with the Emergency Medicine Department, University of Bern, Switzerland welcome you to the “7th International Congress in the Management of Disaster Victims” on the Island of Rhodes, Greece.

The scope of the conference is to train not only our post graduate students but also officials from civil protection agencies, medical and nursing staff and humanitarian organizations representatives while dealing with both manmade and natural disasters so as to acquire the necessary know-how for the effective and efficient management of Major Mass Casualty Incidents. Our vision is to advance learners critical thinking and problem solving ability through a series of simulation exercises in real life settings.

Participants will follow keynote lectures on the most sensitive issues of major disasters and mass casualty crises resulting from earthquakes, tsunamis, transport accidents (road, aviation and maritime), fires in urban complexes etc.

This Advanced Course offers a comprehensive and up-to date knowledge to the participants giving them the opportunity to acquire skills and experience to plan for and respond efficiently in major events both in pre-hospital as well as in hospital settings. Moreover, the participants will receive training in modern search-and-rescue procedures, emergency care of victims and response within the “golden-hour”. Training on emergency planning, evacuation procedures and vulnerability assessment using state of the art technologies is also provided.

This  program  is  designed  to  help  healthcare  professionals,  managers  and  the  local communities improve their capacity to cope with Major Mass Casualty Incidents.

For the 7th Advanced Course we have once again chosen the Island of Rhodes. Rhodes, due to its geopolitical position, its particular interest as a touristic destination for more than one million tourists per year and its high standard infrastructures guarantees ideal conditions for hosting this initiative on a permanent base.

We strongly believe that a high level seminar on health intervention in major incidences in this area shall empower the resilience and mitigation level not only of the local population but also of the visitors. We take this opportunity to address thankful considerations to all the authorities involved in Rhodes mainly the Municipality of Rhodes and the Regional Division of Southern Aegean.

Emmanouil Pikoulis MD, PhD, DMCC

Professor of Surgery

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

School of Medicine

Director of the MSc

“International Medicine /Health-Crisis Management”         


Efthymios Lekkas,  PhD

Professor of Dynamic Tectonic Applied Geology National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Geology & Geoenvironment

Director of the MSc

“Strategic Environmental Disaster and Crisis


Prof. Aristomenis Exadaktylos, MD, MSc., FRCEM Chairman, Clinical Director Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital University Hospital Berne



MSc “Global Health – Disaster Medicine”

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