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Disaster Training Following COVID-19 for Pediatric Medical Residents: Demand and Format

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 June 2021

Kaitlyn Boggs*
Children’s National Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Tress Goodwin
Children’s National Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Joelle Simpson
Children’s National Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Corresponding author: Kaitlyn Boggs, Email:



Assess the knowledge, confidence, and attitudes of residents toward disaster medicine education in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) era.


Survey distributed to pediatric residents at a tertiary care center, assessing confidence in disaster medicine knowledge and skills, and preferred educational methods. Based on residents’ responses, virtual and in-person educational session implemented with a postsurvey to analyze effectiveness of education.


Distributed to 120 residents with a 51.6% response rate. Almost half (46.8%) of residents had less than 1 h of disaster training, with only 9.7% having experience with a prior disaster event. However, most residents were motivated to increase their knowledge of disaster medicine due to COVID-19 and other recent disasters, with 96.8% interested in this education as a curriculum standard. Simulation and peer learning were the most preferred method of teaching. Subsequent virtual and in-person educational session demonstrated improvement in confidence scores. However, 66.7% of the virtual subset conveyed they would have preferred in-person learning.


COVID-19 has highlighted to trainees that disasters can affect all specialties, and pediatric residents are enthusiastic to close the educational gap of disaster medicine. However, residents stressed that, although virtual education can provide a foundation, in-person simulation is preferred for effective training.

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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc

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