What is a DMAT?
A Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is a group of professional medical personnel supported by a cadre of logistical and administrative staff designed to provide emergency medical care during a disaster or other event. In mass casualty incidents, responsibilities include triaging patients, providing austere medical care, and preparing patients for evacuation. In other situations, DMATs may provide primary health care or augment overloaded health care staffs.
DMATs are part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) within the federal Department of Health and Human Services. DMATs typically deploy as 48-person mobile medical units, or smaller strike teams, to augment local health care personnel and facilities in times of disaster. DMATs are capable of standing up self-supporting temporary emergency medical care centers, providing supplemental medical staff for denuded hospitals following disasters and providing airhead support for the movement of casualties from a disaster area to available health care resources in unaffected areas of the nation.
The National Disaster Medical System will advertise and accept applications for available team positions on USAJobs.gov. Persons interested in an NDMS team position are encouraged to visit USAJobs.gov and search keyword "NDMS". You can also set up an account on USAJobs.com and save your search which will then automatically email you periodically (daily, weekly, etc) of the results. You are also encouraged to build your online USAJobs.com resume in advance as well as obtain a copy of your higher education transcripts (if applicable) which will be required as part of the application.