New ‘Top Docs’ addresses high-profile MAG MRC mass casualty training event
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses a high-profile mass casualty training exercise that MAG Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) conducted with allied stakeholders – including the Trinity School of Medicine, the Central Georgia Technical College, the Georgia Air National Guard, Warner Robins Police, Global Medical Response (air ambulance), and the Georgia State Patrol (security helicopters) – in Warner Robins on June 12.
The episode features three MAG MRC members, including Jiemin “Jimmy” Li, M.D., Peter Liaw, M.D., and Utkarsh “Karsh” Parwal, M.D. – who recently completed their transitional year internships at Northside Hospital Gwinnett.
– The MAG MRC mission
– The goals of the June 12 training exercise
– How they prepared for the training exercise
– The challenges that they faced during the training exercise
– How their MAG MRC experience has enhanced their skill sets
– Why their fellow physicians should join the MAG MRC
During the exercise, Dr. Liaw headed up the triage teams, Dr. Li worked in the helicopter landing zone, and Dr. Parwall served as the incident commander. Georgia Adjutant General Tom Carden honored Drs. Liaw, Li and Parwal with “challenge coins” to recognize them for their efforts in a ceremony that took place after the event.
“This exercise was a huge success on every level,” says MAG MRC Medical Director John S. Harvey, M.D. “It was a proud day for MAG, and I am convinced that this kind of training is going to translate into lives saved when we face a real disaster.”
Following two hours of classroom training on June 11, more than 270 professionals, students and volunteers participated in the eight-hour drill on June 12 – which featured multiple helicopters (Black Hawk, civilian police and air evacuation), simulated explosions, and “victims” who feigned specific injuries and behavior.
Dr. Li has a degree in biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in physiology from Georgetown University, and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He will be completing a residency in ophthalmology at Indiana University. His interests include medical/resident education, public health, tele-ophthalmology, and device innovation.
Dr. Liaw graduated summa cum laude with degrees in finance from the Terry College of Business and biochemistry and molecular biology from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. He has a medical degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. Liaw’s research interests include medical informatics, health care business, and understanding how intelligent systems can improve efficiency in medical infrastructure. He will begin a residency in radiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston later this month.
Dr. Parwal has a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Mercer University and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He will be completing a residency in diagnostic radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital through the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His interests include imaging, artificial intelligence, public health, and cancer biology.
The MAG MRC is prepared to respond to declared emergencies in Georgia, including natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, blizzards, floods) and disease outbreaks. It supplements the official medical and public health and emergency services resources in the state. MAG MRC volunteers include both physicians and non-physicians.
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