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Oklahoma Center for Prehospital & Disaster Medicine

Constitution of the Oklahoma CPDM

The CPDM arose out of growing overlap in departmental efforts within realms of prehospital, disaster, tactical, and ground/air EMS. In 2013 the OUDEM EMS Section and the Oklahoma Disaster Institute were merged into the Oklahoma CPDM.  

The CPDM is the overarching organization responsible for OUDEM’s efforts in the prehospital and out-of-hospital realms: ground EMS, air medical operations, tactical/special operations EMS, and mass casualty/disaster medicine.  

In bringing together EMS and disaster/mass casualty medicine, the Oklahoma CPDM represents state-of-the-art integration of multiple facets of prehospital care, education, planning, oversight, and research.  This “decompartmentalization” of out-of-hospital medicine’s various areas of focus help CPDM in its role of facilitating collaborative efforts that cross traditional boundaries.  The efforts of the Oklahoma CPDM are enabled by generous support from the State of Oklahoma, and the CPDM works closely with the Oklahoma State Department of Health as well as prehospital and disaster personnel around our state. 

Goals of the CPDM

The Oklahoma CPDM shares the goals of its constituent components – the OUDEM EMS Section and the old Oklahoma Disaster Institute.  These goals include work to advance the art and science of the practice of EMS and out-of-hospital medicine at agency, city, regional, state, national, and international levels.  CPDM goals include:

  • Medical oversight with an emphasis on direct day-to-day involvement of the physician medical directors in air and ground EMS as well as tactical and special operations medicine and disaster response
  • Development of evidence-based medical protocols for statewide usage
  • Continuing education featuring guest speakers and visiting professors of international renown
  • Leadership and coordinating roles in disaster medicine and related education, preparation, and training
  • Research to advance the state of the art of EMS, disaster, mass casualty, and related fields of medical science and practice


The Oklahoma Center for Prehospital & Disaster Medicine, in its function as a major constituent of the OUDEM, plays an important and growing role in out-of-hospital and mass casualty medicine. CPDM works to assure that prehospital care in Oklahoma is of the highest possible quality, through a breadth of activities ranging from medical oversight to active response to medical and disaster situations.