Editor’s Corner| Volume 336, ISSUE 2, P92-93, August 2008

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Beyond Katrina: From Crisis to Opportunity

      The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on communities, in general, and on the medical infrastructure, in particular, have been well documented. In 2006, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences (AJMS) dedicated a symposium issue to the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast. Physicians, administrators, medical educators, residents, and students eloquently described their experiences, personal losses, challenges, courageous acts, and lessons learned in an effort to capture this historical event and to provide constructive commentary for future disaster preparedness and response (AJMS 2006;332). Three years after our nation’s largest natural disaster, this symposium issue, Moving Beyond Katrina: From Crisis to Opportunity, reflects on the unexpected post-disaster—the opportunities and successes. Individuals and institutions were forced out of their comfort zones to forge unchartered territory, foster new collaborations, explore fresh approaches to scientific investigation, redesign facilities, curricula, and community healthcare, and better prepare for future disasters.
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