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1st International Summer Course for Trainers in Disaster Medicine Over the last century, the number of disasters has remarkably increased indicating that future generations of physicians will be called upon to provide mass-casualty treatment to an even greater extent than before. We can see terrible examples of this all over the world around us: the disastrous earthquake in Nepal, the storms and ffloods in Texas, just to name the most recent ones. We believe that, in most countries, medical students do not receive enough training to face the peculiar challenges that disasters and humanitarian emergencies pose to health services. We believe that education is the key action that can reduce the mortality and morbidity of these situations, by creating more and more skilled healthcare professionals, who are able to effectively manage the disaster risk management cycle. Since 2008, CRIMEDIM and the Segretariato Italiano Studenti in Medicina SISM have successfully been delivering a nationwide disaster medicine program to provide theoretical knowledge and basic skills in this ffield, training 20 Italian disaster medicine trainers and more than 1500 medical students. Base on this success, we deliver the 1st International Summer Course for Trainers in Disaster Medicine. We aim to train a ffirst generation of international Disaster Medicine Trainers who will be able to spread education to their local communities by arranging further trainings and advocating for the inclusion of disaster medicine in the medical curriculum. 1

The Summer Course will cover all the major topics in the Disaster Risk Management ffield, with daily classes and trainings. The classes will include conventional lectures and innovative teaching methods, such as case discussions, problem based learning, simulations, debates, trainings and the preparation of assignments over the course of the Course.

At the end of the Course, the newly trained Disaster Medicine Trainers will be able to plan and carry out a Training in Disaster Medicine using the notions learnt and transferring them to other students in an effective way. The Trainers will be able to deliver the trainings to their local student committees and within the IFMSA General Assemblies and Regional Meetings.



Summer Course Program The Summer Course Program will encompass the following topics:           

Principles of Disaster Medicine and humanitarian health International Coordination for Disaster Response Prehospital Disaster Management Mass Casualty Triage Incident Command System H ospital Disaster Preparedness H umanitarian Crises Psychological First aid Ethics in Disasters Presentation Skills Leadership

The 2-week program will also include workshops, discussion based exercises, table top simulations, virtual reality simulations and computer based simulations. Lectures and Simulations will be held at SIMNOVA, the brand new Simulation Center of the Universita del Piemonte Orientale.

 Adult Learning Theory

*A more detailed version of the program will be published shortly 3


General Information

Location of the Course

TdmT Organising Committee

CRIMEDIM Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy

SISM - Segretariato Italiano Studenti in Medicina

Patrick Achkar – IFMSA Quebec Monika Bednarek – IFMSA Poland Giancarlo Bruno – SISM Italy DisasterSISM Coordinator Moa Herrgard – IFMSA LRP Dr. Eleonora Leopardi – SISM Italy NOME Dr. Ljiljana Lukic – IFMSA PSDD Dr. Fabio Maccapani – CRIMEDIM Dr. Marta Caviglia – CRIMEDIM Dr. Luca Ragazzoni – CRIMEDIM

Participation Fee


Via Lanino 1, 28100 Novara, Italy Tel: +39 0321 660 519 Fax: +39 0321 660 531 Secretary:


The participation fee for the Summer Course is € 350

Accommodation For the entire duration of the course you will stay in apartments located in Novara. Each apartment can host 5 participants. Lunch, dinner and coffee breaks are included in the participation fee. All other extras, including lunch and dinner during the weekend, are at your charge. 5


Social Program

Welcome to Novara!


During their stay, participants will have the opportunity to discover the City of Novara and its attractions. The Summer Course includes also a Social Program, with various social act ivit ies. Touristic tips. From Novara you can easily reach the cities of Milan and Turin by train in 1 hour. Novara is also very close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta.

Venice Turin Florence Rome



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Basilica of San Gaudenzio

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Training Disaster Medicines Trainers - A Summer Course  
Training Disaster Medicines Trainers - A Summer Course  

IFMSA with CRIMEDIM is organizing a summer school in September 7th-19th in Novara, Italy in disaster medicines. Find out more about it in th...