Cicero, M., Blake, E., Gallant, N., et al. (2009). Impact of an Educational Intervention on Residents’ Knowledge of Pediatric Disaster Medicine. Pediatric Emergency Care. 25(7):447-51.
The authors used a strictly didactic format to train pediatric and emergency medicine residents in pediatric disaster medicine, and measured knowledge gained and retained by comparing pre-test results to results from an immediate course post-test, and a post-test given 2 months after the training occurred. Participants showed improvement in from baseline in both post-test scores, and the majority indicated a preference for experiential learning, such as drills and other operations-based exercises, instead of further classroom training.