University of Pittsburgh

Pandemic Preparedness Simulation
Exercise

Disaster 2007

Introduction

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