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New Delhi, India: iWGA proudly announces the Woman Icon award to Dr. Terry Oroszi from United States. Her education area is gravely needed, especially now with COVID19. Healthcare and Homeland Security. This includes Crisis Decision-making, leadership, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) Defence, and terrorism. She got her start at the age of 17 by joining the US military. It was during her time in the Army, in Europe, that she was educated on CBRN. When she left the military, she moved back to the US and went to college to get a degree in BS, MS and EdD.  Due to her family commitment to the area, her choices of college were limited. Her first 2 degrees covered evolutionary biology and molecular genetics, her doctorate was on organizational studies/leadership, and her dissertation was on stakes decision making for crisis leadership.

She has spent the last 17 years in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, first as a staff scientist, and in 2008 as a director. In July 2021 I am to be Vice Chair.  The connection with her science background in a medical school makes sense to others, but not until recently did the need for the medical students to learn more about homeland security become common sense. Telehealth, Home health equipment, e-records, and crisis decision-making during Pandemics like COVID19. Now it is clear that people like her (a blending of both science, education, leadership, and national security) are needed, but there are not enough of us teaching at the university level. In 2019 she had the good fortune to share her work with the National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their affiliates several times, National Homeland Security and ASIS (International Security)  the Congressional Staff leaders of the Armed Forces and House Intelligence committees, and faculty members from some of the top US schools at an NSF Symposium, as well as members of my medical school.

In 2008 she stepped up as Director of graduate programs. she knew at that time that medical school needed a focus on Homeland Security, but this was a hard sell to them. As a leader, educator, and homeland security subject matter expert she saw the need, but they did not see the connection between healthcare professionals and homeland security. To get this need noticed she worked with the university to create a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence program and recruited at the medical school. This academic medical program is the only in the USA. It provides an understanding of the biological and chemical threat agent history, toxicology and medical intervention, an overview understanding of the most important biodefense and emerging infectious agents, their epidemiology, pathogenesis, animal models and medical/environmental countermeasures with reference to regulatory requirements, and presents an opportunity for students to review historical chemical and biological scenarios to evaluate means, methods, motivation, and effects of such uses.

These courses greatly enhance CBRN responders’ ability to speak confidently about the full spectrum of CBRN threats, to recognize differential diagnosis, to be at the table for crisis decision-making, and to be the subject matter expert when they finish medical school and go on with their careers. The interest was so great that we were given the option to offer special rates for government and the military so their CBRN experts could receive this advanced knowledge.

In the last two years they have gained the ability to distance learn, opening up the content to international students by offering the program 100% online, and they have had students from Canada, New Zealand, and France. Currently the program is only for students with a bachelors degree, but she is working to change that. This year she started another course for healthcare professionals that will have them FEMA, HERT (Hospital Emergency Response Team certified) and CERT (Civilian Emergency Response Team) certified. This class is also 100% online so I can reach a global audience.


Now that COVID is here it is easy to see the need for our healthcare professionals to have this training, but she is not able to reach enough people to have a national or international impact. The needs go beyond the pandemic, telehealth, home health equipment, e-patient records, electro- magnetic pulse (EMP), and cyber hacking can threaten our global safety and security.



Posted BY: Admin On 26/09/2020 Under Category of: General