Radiation Health Indoctrination
The Radiation Health indoctrination course provided by the Naval Undersea Medical Institute teaches the basic scope of radiation health programs, giving particular emphasis on the conduct and review of Ionizing Radiation Medical Examinations (RME) required for radiation workers within the DON. The course is primarily intended for physician, physician assistant, and nurse practitioners assigned to sea and shore based units that support medical readiness for ionizing radiation workers. Primary graduates will be qualified to conduct RMEs, while physicians will additionally be qualified to review/countersign RMEs completed by physician assistant and nurse practitioners.
You must be a US citizen to attend the course. The course consists of Monday through Thursday lectures, homework, homework review, in class lab exercises, a final practical exam, and a 2 hour comprehensive multiple choice test. Students should plan to study and work after hours to complete mandatory assignments. Laptop computers are required to access electronic course material and references that will be used during the class and testing phase. You will receive the course materials via safe file exchange (all presentations, assignments, and instructions, and simulated health record documents for print) prior to the convening date of the course. Your ability to complete the course will be severely jeopardized if you don’t have a laptop at your disposal. Most students use their personal devices.
Learning Objectives of the course encompass:
- Provide Patient Counseling on the Effects of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
- Radiation Fundamentals
- Biological Effects
- Background Radiation and Risk
- Radiation Health Protection Standards
- Radiation Health Medical Practices
- Conduct, Review, and Correctly Document Ionizing Radiation Medical Examinations (RME)
- Submitting Cases to the Radiation Effects Advisory Board (REAB)
- Exposure Documentation for Declared Pregnant Workers
- Modes of Radiation Exposure
- Basic Medical Management of Irradiated and Contaminated Personnel
- Radiation Health Administration
- Organizations that Require Medical Support for Radiation Workers
- Exposure Monitoring Program
- Performing Audits within the Radiation Health Program
Successful completion of the course will include passing a comprehensive final capstone assessment that includes a practical demonstration of understanding. Course failures will either forfeit RHI certification or undergo remediation. Assuming successful completion of the course, graduates are generally released Friday at the lunch hour (~1100).
To reserve a seat in the course, call (860) 694-6461. You will be asked to provide the following information for registration purposes:
- Name, DOD ID for active duty Navy (full SSN for others), birth month and day
- Grade, corps, and specialty
- Citizenship status
- Command POC (typically the student)
- Contact phone number
- Student E-Mail Address
The course is offered 3 times per year, typically scheduled in September, January (Pensacola) and May. Exact course dates can be obtained from the Catalogue of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC).
Course capacity is normally 25 personnel.
Classes start each day at 0730 with a home work review and end at 1630 or when daily topics are completed. The uniform of the day for military members is the service khaki, NWU or service equivalent. For civilian members, attire equivalent to service khaki such as business casual is appropriate.
Naval Undersea Medical Institute command is located in building 159 on the Naval Submarine Base Groton CT. The command phone number is (860) 694-2876. The SUBASE is located in Groton CT off Route 12 (exit 86 on I-95).
Lodging is available at the Navy Gateway Inn & Suites, Building 532, on base and is within walking distance to NUMI. Call the CBQ central billeting office at (860)694-3416 to make reservations (rates approximate $89/Day + tax). Be sure to ask for lodging in Building 532. There is a Navy Lodge and other lodging options off base within a short drive.
If you do not normally have access to a military base, you will need to report to the pass and ID office early on the first day of class to check in and obtain a pass. You will need to check in to pass and ID each day.
For active duty personnel, food is available on base at the Galley building 446 and it is a short walk up the hill from NUMI. Meal hours are as follows:
- Breakfast 0600-0800
- Lunch 1000-1300
- Dinner 1600-1800
- Weekends / Holidays
- Breakfast 08000-1000
- Brunch 1000-1300
- Dinner 1500-1800
Additional fast food spots are located at the Dealey Center (building 164) and the Navy Exchange food court (building 484).
The closest airport is TF Green airport in Providence (approximately 55 miles away) and the next closest is Bradley International airport Hartford (approximately 68 miles away).