The WRAIR-GEIS OCID is designed to improve medical providers’ ability to identify, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases of significance to deploying and re-deploying U.S. Service Members and those of U.S. National strategic interest.
Courses are offered within the WRAIR (Long Course - 5 Days) and at the host unit (Short/Mobile Course - 3 Days). The long course is designed to “train the trainer” targeting physicians, nurses, physician extenders, and trainers of medics.
The mobile course is designed to expand access to the curriculum to medics and front line, first responder personnel. The long course differs from the mobile course in the breadth and depth of the lectures and extensiveness of the hands on
practical experience. Both courses facilitate acquisition of CME credits in a fiscally and travel-constrained environment. The OCID brings together the operational, military treatment facility, R&D countermeasure development,
and biosurveillance communities in an intimate classroom setting facilitating development of enduring professional relationships and supporting a whole of government approach to meet medical education needs.
The WRAIR-GEIS OCID educational initiative saves lives by improving the delivery of health care and increasing the fund of knowledge of “soldier-provider-biosurveillance sentinels” who deploy to austere
environments and may be the first reporters of emerging or re-emerging infectious disease threats.