University of Pittsburgh

Pandemic Preparedness Simulation

Disaster 2007


The threat of an avian influenza pandemic is growing, and the medical and public health communities are accelerating plans to prepare for a potentially severe impact on the population.

Improving public health preparedness and preparing to cope with a pandemic depends on functioning in symbiosis with all elements of the healthcare team, including the public health community.

This 1-day pandemic-preparedness program for beginning 3rd year medical students was designed to:

  • increase students’ understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of disaster and pandemic response
  • demonstrate how health care delivery and systems may be affected by the circumstances of an infectious outbreak
  • provide specific content information relevant to preparing for an influenza pandemic

Pandemic Avian Influenza Preparedness: A Patient Care and Public Health Simulation for Medical Students