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Pediatric Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Conference

2nd Annual Emergency Medical Services for Children Conference

Hosted by: Region VI Emergency Medical Services for Children, Children’s Hospital of Georgia, & the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Georgia Regents Medical Center, Health Sciences Building
987 St. Sebastian Way, Augusta, GA 30912

When disaster or an emergency strikes, are we as a community of healthcare workers and public servants ready to care for the youngest and most vulnerable? Join us for this community outreach.

The Current and Future of Pediatric Disaster Preparedness in Georgia: J. Patrick O'Neal, MD

J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D. is Chief of Emergency Preparedness & Response Division of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH). Dr. O’Neal is a native of Rome, Georgia. He completed an undergraduate degree in pre-med at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. Dr. O’Neal received his medical education at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following medical school, he completed a rotating internship at Providence Hospital, Portland, Oregon, prior to entering the United States Air Force for training in flight medicine. Dr. O’Neal served as a flight surgeon in Vietnam in 1970 through 1971.
Upon his return to civilian life, Dr. O’Neal served in Macon, Georgia, as the Director of the Outpatient Clinic at the Medical Center of Central Georgia for two years prior to entering the practice of emergency medicine at Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, in l973. Dr. O’Neal practiced emergency medicine at that facility for twenty-nine years. During his time at Dekalb Medical Center he served as Medical Director for Dekalb EMS. For his final seven years at Dekalb Medical Center he served as the Regional Medical Director for Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) throughout the Greater Atlanta area.Throughout his career in emergency medicine Dr. O’Neal has been an advocate for trauma system development in Georgia. Upon retiring as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Dekalb Medical Center in 2002, he became the Medical Director for the Office of EMS/Trauma in the Georgia Division of Public Health. Currently functioning as the Director of the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response in DCH, he has oversight responsibility for Emergency Medical Service, Trauma, Emergency Preparedness, Injury Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Training.

Conference Agenda

Download the conference agenda here.


Cost: $20, Advanced registration required on or before May 6.
Continental breakfast and lunch is included.

Mail completed registration form and payment to:

Department of Emergency Medicine
Attn: Mary Tipton, Office Specialist
1120 15th Street, AF 2034
Augusta, GA 30912

Phone: 706-721-3548
Fax: 706-721-7718
Payment accepted: Visa, Mastercard, or check (Make check payable to Georgia Regents Medical Center). 


Accreditation: The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation: The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CEUs for Other Health Professionals: This activity includes 5.50 hours of instruction and attendance at the entire activity is approved by Georgia Regents Medical Center for a maximum of 5.50 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

EMS: Approved for EMS- 5.50 hours 06-2011-023-CE.


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