Summerhill, E., Mathew, M., Stipho, S., et al. (2008). A Simulation-Based Biodefense and Disaster Preparedness Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents. Medical Teacher. 30(6):e145-51.
Internal medicine residents participated in a disaster medicine curriculum that included didactic lectures, supplemental readings, and training with high-fidelity human simulators. Compared with residents who did not receive any training, participants’ knowledge increase was significant, as was their subjective sense of preparedness. However, knowledge gain was not maintained at the 1-year follow-up point, which the authors note suggests the need for ongoing reinforcement of learning.