Seriously, this is a really good idea:
The help Dr. Rekow and her team are asking from their colleagues is at
once minor and sweeping. But with support from a $2 million grant from
the Department of Homeland Security, N.Y.U. recently became the first
of the country’s 57 dental schools to mandate terrorism preparedness
for its students. All graduates are now required to have a fundamental
working knowledge of proper response to a variety of natural and
terrorist threats – biological, chemical and radiological.
As the article points out there are lots of dentists around, conveniently situated in almost every community, and all of them have at least basic medical training. In retrospect it seems silly not to include them.
And know who else I’d like to recieve similar emergency training? Seriously? Veteranarians. Many vets do almost everything on animals that doctors do on people, including drugs and surgery. The anatomy and dosages are different but the basic principles are the same. If I have a wound that needs immediate attention and I’m given a choice between a layman with first aid training or a vet, I’d choose the vet.