Global Disaster Response

Due to events surrounding humanitarian and disaster deployments, Missioncraft 2018 has been postponed. A new date for the workshop is still to be determined.

COURSE DATES: October 22-26, 2018
LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
VENUE: Partners Healthcare Assembly Square


Missioncraft is the art and science of preparing and conducting successful field operations.  This intensive workshop explores controversies and enhances skills in the professional practice of international disaster relief.  The workshop is offered to selected medical and public health professionals who deploy to disasters as full-time, field-based, hands-on providers and who expect to serve as organizational team leader or medical coordinator.  It is designed for experienced professionals in pursuit of excellence, and is not intended for medical tourists.


  • Pre-departure preparation
  • Field briefing
  • Rapid epidemiological assessment
  • Field reporting
  • Standardized case management
  • Technical toolkits
  • Field project management
  • Contingency planning and lethal situation management
  • Perfect storms - field agency, cluster system, and donor failures
  • Dysfunctional staff
  • VIPs and curious non-producers (politicians, princes and movie stars)
  • 10 key deliverables of medical coordinators
  • Career development and networking

For a detailed prospectus of prior workshops please visit Disaster Medical Coordination International Society (DMCIS®)


This workshop is intended for experienced healthcare personnel anticipating future deployments to disaster situations as medical team leaders or medical coordinators. Participants can also be involved in logistics, leadership and management of healthcare programs and do not necessarily have to be clinicians. Those who have deployed in humanitarian emergencies or functioned in support positions for deployment are specific targets of enrollment.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Acquire mastery over 22 critical tasks that evidence expertise among medical team leaders and medical coordinators in international disaster relief operations
  • Identify and produce the 10 deliverables of a medical coordinator
  • Apply 3 paradigms for use of evidence in disaster health sciences, and detect common forms of information abuse
  • Refine strategies for optimizing quality patient care in high-volume, resource limited settings


Missioncraft lead faculty (or DMCIS faculty) possess the following qualifications:

  • Current specialty board certifications or specialty college fellowships in clinical medicine and public health
  • Organizational experience as disaster medical coordinator or team leader for governmental, non-governmental, United Nations, and Red Cross organizations
  • Field experience as disaster medical coordinator or health advisor in two dozen or more countries on five continents
  • Language fluency in two or more official UN languages
  • National or international awards for field excellence from governmental, non-governmental, and Red Cross organizations

Chief Science Officer, DMCIS

Christina M. Drummond AM, MBBS, FRACP, FAFPHM, MPH, MAE, DTM&H
Chief Operations Officer, DMCIS

Hilarie Cranmer MD, MPH
Director, Global Disaster Response, MGH Global Health


To increase the breadth of educational materials available to workshop participants, Massachusetts General Hospital - Global Health, Global Disaster Response will provide registrants with access to an online educational module in disaster disciplines developed through a collaboration with Humanitarian U.  Please be aware that the Humanitarian U course offering is not an accredited offering with Massachusetts General Hospital - Global Health.



Registration from July 2 to August 31, 2018

Physician* USD 2700.00
RN, PA, non-clinical USD 2200.00



Registration after August 31, 2018

Physician* USD 2900.00
RN, PA, non-clinical USD 2400.00
Tuition fee subsidy** USD 1200.00

*Physician pricing includes CME
**Tuition fee subsidy is available for participants from low-income economies as defined by the World Bank

Tuition includes:

  • 5 training days with high faculty-student ratio
  • Reference manual 
  • Course materials
  • Daily Catering (Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks) 
  • A conference dinner

Transportation to Boston and local lodging are not covered.


Admission to the workshop is by application and approval only. Participant numbers are limited. The course is conducted in English.

The application is available here: 

If you would like to submit your application using a PDF form download the application here. Please send the application and a copy of your CV to

If you have questions regarding the application process you may also email the MGH - Global Health, Global Disaster Response at or call at +1- 617-724-3194.

Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 35.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.