YEMD Refresher Course 13: Disaster Medicine Training

YEMD Refresher Course 13: Disaster Medicine Training

Dive into the heart-pounding world of Disaster Medicine!

This refresher course will focus on Hospital and Prehospital Disaster Medicine. Our immersive and comprehensive programme is designed to equip young healthcare professionals with essential skills and knowledge to respond effectively to mass casualty incidents. Through a blend of short theoretical lectures and hands-on simulations, ranging from virtual reality to full-scale exercises, you will gain proficiency in assessing, prioritising, and providing immediate medical interventions in high-pressure scenarios.

Our expert Emergency Medicine and disaster response instructors will guide participants through the latest protocols and best practices, making sure participants fully grasp the principles which underpin effective disaster management.

Join us in this transformative journey, where you will emerge not only as a skilled healthcare provider but also as a vital asset in safeguarding communities during times of crisis.

Course objectives

This training course will focus on mass casualty incidents management (including hospital and prehospital preparedness and response).

 The objectives of this 3-day training course are:

1)    Provide basic knowledge and skills, specific to the field of mass casualty incidents in accordance with the European Curriculum of Emergency Medicine.

2)   Raise awareness towards the differences between disaster and conventional medicine

3)   Provide a platform for  facilitating students’ interaction with experts of the field  

4)   Empower the students to take action in developing the field of mass casualty incidents management


11 - 14 July 2024


Venue details

“Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 13 Emil, Isac Street, Cluj-Napoca 400000,  Romania

Registration:   Registration will open in between the 3rd and 4th week of March.

We can offer participants accommodation at the University Student house, in single or double rooms for approximately 35 EUR/night. 

Candidate criteria

EM young professionals (below the age of 35, either under training or within the first 5 years after completion of their training).

Other specialties working within the ED are also eligible, upon proof of ED activity.

  1. EUSEM members must provide membership number.
  2. Non-EUSEM members must provide proof of YEMD eligibility (professional status - under training or certificate of completion of training, not older than 5 years) and proof of working in an ED, if training in another specialty than EM.

TRAINERS and speakers


 Dr. Raed Arafat, MD - Keynote lecture               

  • Read his profile
    Dr. Raed Arafat is an anesthesia and intensive care physician, currently serving as Secretary of State, head of the Department for Emergency Situations, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Romania. In 1991, noticing the underdevelopment of the Romanian emergency system, he laid the foundations of SMURD, a modern prehospital emergency system, integrating firefighters and medical specialists. Dr. Arafat will deliver a keynote lecture, highlighting his long lasting experience in disaster management and emergency system dynamics.

Mr. Jani Monthan, RN - Dispatch workshop

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    Mr. Monthan was a firefighter and EMT. However, he found working in an ambulance more interesting. As a result, he completed nursing school and became a specialized nurse in prehospital care. He currently works as an EMS Field Commander on Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland, within a small community, loving his work, despite its challenges. When he's not working, Jani spends time with his family, and likes to be outdoors, travel, scuba dive, photograph and he's trying to learn how to play padel at the moment. During RC XIII, Jani will organize a workshop on dispatch particularities when responding to Mass Casualty Incidents.

Dr. Ionut Olaru, MD - Triage Workshop

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    Dr. Ionut Olaru is an Emergency Medicine consultant in the largest Emergency Department in Romania. He is currently coordinating the Emergency Medical Team (RO1. EMT) of Bucharest, which brings together firefighters and medical specialists to train and respond quickly in case of disasters around the world, as well as being appointed the EMT Coordinator in the Department for Emergency Situations. He took part in the Search and Rescue operations following the recent Turkey Earthquake, Albania (2019 Earthquake) and he led the RO1.EMT during numerous MODEX (field) European exercises. Dr. Olaru will deliver a triage workshop, which will focus on how patients should be prioritized during a Mass Casualty Incident, given the paucity of resources.

Dr. Nikolaos Markou-Pappas, MD, PhDc - Evacuation Workshop

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    Dr. Nikolaos Markou-Pappas has significant experience in the humanitarian field, specifically amidst the migration crisis along the central Mediterranean route. He worked as a Search and Rescue medic and doctor on quarantine ferries managed by the Italian branch of the Red Cross. He holds a master's degree in European Master in Disaster Medicine, which focused on using Key Performance Indicators in response protocols for mass casualty incidents in the pre-hospital setting. He is a PhD candidate studying trauma systems used by civilian and humanitarian actors in armed conflicts. Dr. Markou-Pappas will be conducting a workshop on evacuations in Mass Casualty Incidents. The workshop will shed light on the significant challenges involved in evacuating patients during such events, as well as the importance of record-keeping and prehospital resource management.

Dr. Emilia Turucz, MD, PhD - Scene Assessment workshop

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    Dr. Emilia Turucz is an experienced consultant in Emergency Medicine, with a strong background in the hospital and healthcare industry. Besides her clinical work, she is a skilled educator in Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Emilia currently leads Romania's Virtual Reality Simulation Team. She has extensive expertise in computer augmented and virtual reality simulation for mass casualty incidents. During our event, Dr. Turucz, and her team will organize a workshop on Scene Assessment, incorporating technology like xVR and Virtual Reality. During this workshop, the students will gain insights in needs assessment, security assessment, dispatch reporting and resource management.

Dr. Adela Golea, MD, PhD – Ultrasound Workshop

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    Dr. Adela Golea is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, being the head of the EM Discipline within the “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania. As a member of the EUSEM Ultrasound section and Winfocus group, she has extensive experience as an ultrasound educator. Dr. Golea will lead a sonography workshop that focuses on the specific applications of ultrasound in mass casualty incidents, particularly in relation to triage and the identification of critical patients.

Dr. Valentina Angeli, MD - Full Scale Exercise & Debriefing

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    Dr. Valentina Angeli, is a Medical doctor graduating with a thesis on the hospital bed surge capacity, Dr. Angeli is an emergency medicine doctor and an alumna of the European Master in Disaster Medicine from Università del Piemonte Orientale in Novara, Italy, being currently involved in EU MODEX and in DisasterTEAM projects. Her fields of expertise are healthcare and disaster medicine training, emergency medicine and hospital disaster preparedness. Dr. Angelu will lead a Full-Scale Exercise, collect data and key performance indicators, and conduct the exercise debriefing.

Dr. Robert Szabo, MD, PhD - Crashed airway Workshop

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    Dr. Robert Szabo is an Intensive Care consultant and Anesthesiology in one of the regional trauma centers in northern Romania. He has a national certificate in bronchoscopy and extensive experience in difficult and crashed airways. During medical school and residency, Robert volunteered on an intensive care ambulance, gaining extensive experience in prehospital medicine. Dr. Szabo will be leading a workshop on managing a compromised airway, focusing on effective diagnosis, navigating difficult airways with limited resources, and ensuring proper patient ventilation during mass casualty events.

Dr. Sorin Lăcan, MD – Triage Workshop

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    Dr. Sorin – Mihai Lăcan is an Emergency Medicine consultant working in the paediatric ED of Cluj-Napoca. He pursued his interest in disaster medicine starting with his residency program, when he attended as both participant and trainer various national courses, including NATO exercises on civilian emergencies. As such, Dr. Lăcan has been part of the group developing the White Plan within his current ED. Dr. Lacan will be a valuable addition to the team conducting the triage workshop, which aims to greatly enhance students' ability to optimally utilize their limited resources.

Dr. Raluca Zaganescu, MD - Scene Management Workshop

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    Dr. Raluca Zaganescu is an Emergency Medicine Specialist working in Cluj-Napoca, both prehospital (ground and air ambulance) and emergency department. She has a long-lasting interest in Disaster Medicine, taking several courses in this area and recently participating in Vigorous Warrior NATO Exercise. Moreover, she and her team assist every year the large music festivals held in Cluj, aiding over 400 000 participants, over several days, making sure that the risks of these mass gatherings are mitigated safely! Dr. Zaganescu will conduct a workshop on scene management, emphasizing resource management, safe zone identification, facilitation of Mass Casualty Incident logistics, and identification of the necessary patient management zones.

Dr. Dana-Cristina Herța, MD, PhD - Psychological first aid

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    Dr. Dana – Cristina Herța, a child psychiatrist, is a lecturer within the Department of Medical Psychology and Psychiatry, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj – Napoca, Romania. She has extensive training in mental health and trauma exposure (doctoral and post-doctoral research on trauma, Psychological First Aid - National Child Traumatic Stress Network, USA, positive and transcultural psychotherapy, Youth Aware of Mental Health method of mental health awareness - Karolinska Institute & Columbia New York) and a vast experience in dealing with trauma, from her roles of Volunteer Coordinator of the NGO Romanian Alliance for Suicide Prevention, National Representative in the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Moreover, she has co-developed and co-authored together with Professor Doina Cozman the original method Cozman – Herța of Remote Counseling in Suicide Crisis for volunteers of the Romanian suicide crisis line. Dr. Herța will be giving a lecture on the importance of psychological first aid in Mass Casualty Incidents. During the session, she will also be conducting a role-play activity, allowing participants to actively engage in mental health intervention practice. This will provide students with a unique opportunity to enhance their skills in this crucial area.



€475 For non-members

€385 For members


Contact information:

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  • Learn more about Disaster Medicine

    1. What is disaster medicine? Disaster medicine is a branch of healthcare that focuses on delivering medical care and managing health-related responses during natural or man-made disasters in order to minimize impact on human health. It involves emergency preparedness, rapid response and recovery efforts to restore healthcare systems and support affected communities.

    2. What are the diseases in disaster management? In disaster medicine, a variety of diseases and health conditions can emerge due to the immediate and indirect impacts of a disaster. Common issues include infectious diseases such as cholera and dysentery from contaminated water, as well as respiratory infections caused by exposure to dust and smoke. Wound infections are also prevalent, particularly if injuries are not properly treated in unsanitary conditions. Vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue fever can increase due to stagnant water, while mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD often arise in the aftermath. Chronic diseases may worsen due to disrupted access to care, and heat-related illnesses can occur in hot climates. Trauma and injuries are also common, as are dermatological conditions from environmental hazards or overcrowded shelters. Disaster medicine professionals must be equipped to diagnose and treat these conditions efficiently in challenging environments

    3. What are the pshychological effects of a disaster? Disasters can lead to a range of psychological effects on individuals and communities, including: 1. Acute Stress Reactions: Intense fear, anxiety, shock, and confusion immediately following a disaster. 2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Flashbacks, nightmares, and emotional numbness triggered by the traumatic event, 3. Depression and Anxiety: Prolonged feelings of sadness or worry due to loss and uncertainty. 4. Grief and Loss: Mourning loved ones or property and experiencing a loss of security. 5. Survivor Guilt: Feelings of guilt about surviving when others did not. 6. Behavioral Changes: Withdrawal, irritability, or increased substance use as coping mechanisms. 7. Community and Social Strain: Tensions in relationships within families and communities. 8. Resilience and Growth: Some may find new strengths or a sense of purpose after a disaster. 9. Need for Support: Seeking help from mental health professionals and community resources can aid recovery.

    4. What is the prehospital triage protocol? The prehospital triage system is used by emergency medical services (EMS) and first responders to prioritize patients based on the severity of their injuries or medical conditions. This system categorizes patients into different priority levels—such as immediate, delayed, minor, and deceased (black tag)—to determine the order of care. Colored tags or wristbands help medical personnel quickly identify patients' triage categories, enabling efficient treatment and transport. Continuous reassessment of patients' conditions allows responders to adjust triage classifications as needed, aiding in the effective allocation of resources and life-saving interventions during emergencies.

    5. What are the functions of disaster medical operations? Disaster medical operations involve a range of functions to provide medical care and manage healthcare responses during and after a disaster. Key tasks include assessing and triaging patients, providing emergency medical care, and transporting patients to medical facilities. Operations also involve public health surveillance, supply management, coordination with other responders, and offering mental health support. Additionally, efficient resource allocation and training personnel in disaster protocols are essential for a comprehensive response that saves lives and aids recovery

    6. What is a course of disaster medicine? This disaster medicine training course will equip healthcare professionals with the essential skills and knowledge needed to effectively respond to natural and human-made disasters, as well as provide assistance in recovery efforts. Topics include:

    ✅ disaster preparedness

    ✅ patient assessment

    ✅ triage during mass casualty incidents

    ✅ provision of emergency medical care in high-pressure situations and managing public health risks

    ✅ logistics and resource management

    ✅ mental health support, communication and coordination with other emergency responders

    ✅ recovery and rehabilitation efforts Additionally, students learn about ethical and legal considerations in disaster medical operations.

    The curriculum may involve lectures, hands-on training, simulations, and case studies to equip learners with practical experience for effective disaster response.





Course fees

€475 For non-members

€385 For members

This course has received EACCME/ CME accreditation.

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