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.
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.