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2022 Speaker Profile

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James C. West M.D., Department of Psychiatry
F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine

Dr. West is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and a Scientist at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. West is board-certified in psychiatry and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He served as an embedded Navy psychiatrist in support of the Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan. His professional interests include sustaining the resilience of disaster workers and promoting embedded systems of care, psychiatric education, and translating understanding of the biological underpinnings of PTSD into more effective treatments.

Tuesday | 11:55 AM -12:35 PM

Resiliency in Mass Casualty Events: Application of Military Combat and Operational Stress Control

The COVID pandemic repeatedly placed healthcare systems into slow-rolling mass casualty events. Prolonged demand surges generate distress reactions, health risk behaviors, and mental illness in healthcare workers. Military combat and operational stress control can inform organizations as they develop their response to the psychological burdens of mass casualty events.