PC 4: Disaster Medicine

Course Directors

  • Massimo Azzaretto (Italy)
  • Luca Ragazzoni (Italy)
  • Eric Weinstein (USA)


  • Francesco Della Corte
  • Jeffrey Franc
  • Sofie Pauwels
  • Eric Weinstein
  • Evert Verhoeven
  • Matteo Paganini


The course is designed for 30 participants.

Required materials

Participants should each bring their own laptop.

Course description 

Participants from various backgrounds and experience in mass casualty incident planning and response will collaborate similar to the constituents involved in the creation of an actual mass casualty incident response plan.  The class will be divided into three committees to work together and collectively to produce a hazard vulnerability analysis, resource analysis and a mass casualty incident plan of a fictional country. Participants will receive lessons from experts, breakout sessions to guide each of the committees to work towards completion of their assignments, and a computer simulation to exercise their plan.

Learning objectives

1. To identify and gather relevant constituents to research, create and implement a mass casualty incident response plan for a government or non-government organization.

2. To research, adapt and complete an appropriate hazard vulnerability analysis of risks facing a government or non-government organization.

3. To research necessary staff, stuff and structures already possessed by response agencies and to learn how to acquire or contract the remaining staff, stuff and structures to meet the demand of a mass casualty incident.

4. To collaborate with relevant constituents to research, create and implement effective and efficient exercises that stress the mass casualty incident response plan with critical review to then implement appropriate process and system improvement.


Saturday 12 October

09:00-09:15 Intro to Riceland Game  L. Ragazzoni

Health Authority

E. Weinstein
09:45-10:15 Risk Assessment and Risk Management M.Paganini

Resource Analysis and Logistics

M. Azzaretto
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break  
11:30-12:00 Surge Capacity and Crisis Standard of Care F. Della Corte
12:00-12:30 ICS/HICS J. Franc
12:30-13:00 MCI Plan L. Ragazzoni
13:00-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-14:15 Explanation interactive map M.Paganini
14:15-14:30 Explanation Committee format E. Weinstein, M. Azzaretto

Breakout Committee establish structure 

All instructors
15:00-16:30 Committees start work All instructors
16:30-17:00 Break  

Each Committee presents preliminary work

All instructors
17:30-18:00 Committees continue work All instructors

Sunday 13 October


ISEE Simulation

Sofie Pauwels, Evert Verhoeven

12:30-13:00 Final thoughts and wrap up L. Ragazzoni, M. Azzaretto, E. Weinstein