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Chemical and Radiological Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism

Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs), Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) & Toxic Radiological Materials (TRMs)

Event Details

Virtual Course Live & On-Demand

July 7-8, 2022

Cost: FREE

Click here to download the Course Flyer (PDF)


The Chemical and Radiological Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism consists of two, one-day courses, each with its own registration link.

You may attend one day or both days. You may also register to watch either day on-demand, within one month after the event.

Register here: Day 1 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management 

Register here: Day 2 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism 


In recent years, there has been growing concern that many of the most likely terrorist threats will involve “agents of opportunity” or materials that are readily available in most communities around the country.

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in partnership with the Southern Regional Disaster Response System (SRDRS) are pleased to offer this course on emergency medical response to exposures from radioactive materials and toxic chemicals. The Office of Emergency Management, within the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), supported the development of this unique course to familiarize health care providers and responders with toxic exposures. The course will review the medical and psychological consequences of exposures to a variety of chemical and radiological materials. It will include practical information regarding scene safety for such agents as high potency fentanyl analogs, inhaled irritants, and proper decontamination of a victim contaminated with radiological material.

Target Audience

The information presented will be of interest to state & local first responders, EMTs, paramedics, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, pharmacists, emergency response coordinators, public health officials, public health professionals, industrial hygienists and others involved with chemical terrorism preparedness and response.

Course Objectives 

  • Describe the types of radiation and radiation scenarios
  • Discuss Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
  • Describe the emergency care of patients contaminated with radioactive material
  • Describe cutaneous radiation syndrome assessment and care
  • List resources available to address radiation accidents
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of emergency physicians and nurses and prehospital personnel during a radiation accident affecting a large population
  • Recognize the common health effects (toxidromes) caused by chemical exposures
  • Discuss safe and effective management strategies for chemical poison exposures
  • Identify resources that can assist in the initial recognition and management of a chemical public health emergency
  • Recognize the interdisciplinary role of pre-hospital and hospital providers, public health and pharmacy in responding to a chemical event
  • Tailor activities by identifying clinical characteristics of the pharmacy practice and community and learning about diseases associated with the service population and community

Agenda Summary

Day 1 | July 7, 2022 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management (REGISTER HERE!)

8:45am (EDT) - 8:50am (EDT)          Log-In Open
8:50am (EDT) - 9:00am (EDT)          Opening Remarks 
9:00am (EDT) - 10:00am (EDT)        Practical Radiation Physics & Radiation Protection
10:00am (EDT) - 11:00am (EDT)      Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
11:00am (EDT) - 11:10am (EDT)      Break
11:10am (EDT) - 12:00pm (EDT)      Radiation Protection, Contamination Control & Instrumentation 
12:00pm (EDT) - 1:00pm (EDT)        Cutaneous Radiation Injuries  
1:00pm (EDT) - 2:00pm (EDT)          Lunch
2:00pm (EDT) - 2:50pm (EDT)          Radiation Emergencies for Healthcare Providers
2:50pm (EDT) - 3:40pm (EDT)          Common Radiation Sources
3:40pm (EDT) - 3:50pm (EDT)          Break
3:50pm (EDT) - 4:40pm (EDT)          Management of Internal Contamination
4:40pm (EDT) - 5:30pm (EDT)          Donning/Doffing and Decontamination
5:30pm (EDT) - 5:40pm (EDT)          Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Day 2 | July 8, 2022 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism (REGISTER HERE!)

8:45am (EDT) - 8:50am (EDT)          Log-In Open
8:50am (EDT) - 9:00am (EDT)          Opening Remarks 
9:00am (EDT) - 9:40am (EDT)          Toxic Disasters: Beyond Conventional Chemical Weapons
9:40am (EDT) - 10:00am (EDT)        Chemical Explosions
10:00am (EDT) - 10:40am (EDT)      Toxic Gases as Threats
10:40am (EDT) - 10:50am (EDT)      Break 
10:50am (EDT) - 11:30am (EDT)      Why are Cyanide & Fumigants So Worrisome  
11:30am (EDT) - 12:10pm (EDT)      Food, Water & Medication as Vehicles for Toxic Threats 
12:10pm (EDT) - 1:00pm (EDT)        Clinical Neurotoxicology of Chemical Threats  
1:00pm (EDT) - 2:00pm (EDT)          Lunch
2:00pm (EDT) - 2:40pm (EDT)          Delayed Toxic Syndromes
2:40pm (EDT) - 3:20pm (EDT)          The Psychological Impact of Mass Exposures
3:20pm (EDT) - 3:30pm (EDT)          Break
3:30pm (EDT) - 4:10pm (EDT)          After Event Population Monitoring: Pros & Cons
4:10pm (EDT) - 5:10pm (EDT)          Scenario-Based Discussion
5:10pm (EDT) - 5:20pm (EDT)          Closing Remarks


REAC/TS Faculty


Carol J. Iddins, MD, FAADM
REAC/TS Director


John Crapo, MSc CHP
REAC/TS Health Physicist

2022_CAOT_Courses/David Quillin photo

David Quillin, MBA, RN

ACMT Faculty


Charles McKay, MD, FACMT
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut
ACMT Past President


Paul Wax, MD, FACMT
Adjunct Professor, UT Southwestern
ACMT Executive Director

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Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory University
Assistant Medical Director, The Georgia Poison Center

2022_CAOT_Courses/Kiernan picEmily Kiernan, DO
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology
Emory University School of Medicine
The Georgia Poison Center

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

In order to receive continuing education (CE), please visit TCEO ( and follow the 9 Simple Steps (

You must do this for EACH DAY that you attended. You have 30 days to complete the requirements if you want CE for the live course. Enduring CE will be available for both Radiological Emergency Medical Management and Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism.

FEES: There are no fees for CE.

CE for LIVE Event

JULY 7, 2022
Radiological Emergency Medical Management WC4383-070722
JULY 8, 2022
Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism WC4383-070822
The 07/07/22 course access code is: acmt1 The 07/08/22 course access code is: acmt2
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Deadline: TBD
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Deadline: TBD

CE for ENDURING On-Demand Recording

Radiological Emergency Medical Management
On-Demand Recording
Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
On-Demand Recording
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Available: TBD
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Available: TBD 


CE Accreditation




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