Online Courses on Bioterrorism Preparedness Now Available to FPs - family physicians - Brief Article

Author: Rosemarie Sweeney, Matthew Neff
Date: May 15, 2002

An additional $400,000 in funding has allowed a Web site focused on educating physicians in bioterrorism preparedness to expand the availability of its courses to 265,000 family physicians, office-based internists, pediatricians, and dermatologists. The site (www., sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), currently offers five online courses worth one hour of continuing education credit at no cost. The courses cover identification of potential bioterrorist agents (including smallpox and anthrax) and commonly associated symptoms. "This Web site is an important tool to help doctors identify rare infections that also could be potential bioterrorist threats," said HHS Secretary Thompson. "Expanding the Web site to allow more doctors to access this critical information is an essential part of the nation's bioterrorism preparedness activities." The Web site was designed by researchers in the Center for Disaster Preparedness at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) under a contract from AHRQ.

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