Just prior to graduating in June 2014, Sonbol Shahid-Salles, DO spent two weeks at the Federal Center for Disaster Preparedness Chemical, Ordinance, and Radiological (COBRA) training facility in Anniston, Alabama. The COBRA facility is the nation's only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents.
Extensive hands-on chemical and biological incident training took place in the facilities Advanced Responder Training Complex (ARTC) which included an industrial park complex with simulated offices, medical clinic, restaurant, maintenance facility, biomedical laboratory, and a calibration laboratory. This complex provided a realistic training environment to exercise the skills acquired during training.
Dr. Shahid-Salles coursework included: How to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRNe) attacks, Respiratory Protection, Hospital Emergency Response Training for MCI's, Healthcare leadership for MCI's, Advanced Radiologic Incident Operations (ARIO), and Pandemic Planning and Preparedness, to name a few.