The Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (MMCBC) Course is the premier chemical and biological defense training offered by the U.S. Army. It is a six-day, two-part course offered jointly by the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
(USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
(USAMRICD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, both in Maryland. MMCBC covers topics such as the history and current threat of chemical and biological weapons, the characteristics of chemical and biological threat agents, the pathophysiology and treatment of agent exposure, and the principles of field management of chemical and biological casualties. On October 18-23, 2020, four students from the Biodefense Graduate Program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University attended a virtual version of the course. You can read about their experiences and takeaways from the MMCBC course below.