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Disaster Medicine Training

About This Course

Welcome to Disaster Medicine Training. This course was developed to provide a foundation of disaster medicine knowledge that every health care provider who responds to a disaster should know. This course was developed through SEMPER, Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response. SEMPER’s mission has 3 pillars:

  1. Develop nimble medical teams that could “load and go” into a disaster scene within 24 hours of a call and to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours.

  2. Develop a standardized disaster medicine education curriculum and training for all members.

  3. Pursue research to develop disaster best practices in order to improve disaster medical care.

This course sets the foundation for SEMPER members’ disaster knowledge, which will be supplemented by in-person lectures as well as field exercises. All SEMPER members are required to complete this course. Non-SEMPER members interested in learning more about disaster medicine or any person wishing to deploy to a disaster is also welcomed to complete this course.

Disaster Medicine Training is a self paced-course, featuring video lectures with questions and case scenarios following each module. You will take an overall pre-test before you start the course and a post-test after you complete all the modules. A score of 80% or higher on your post-test will earn you a Statement of Accomplishment.


No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Director

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Jessica Ngo, MD

Jessica Ngo is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine at Stanford and is a Medical Team Manager with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue, California Task Force 3. She is one of the founders and co-director of SEMPER. She has practiced emergency and disaster medicine internationally. She has a passion for disaster response as well as education. She started a disaster medicine curriculum for the Stanford emergency medicine residents. Dr. Ngo has lectured internationally on disaster response with a goal of collaborating and educating providers around the world.

Course Staff

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Christopher J. Magnani

Chris is a medical student currently enrolled at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Chris has been invovled in several teaching roles at Stanford, including as a teaching assistant for the medical school's anatomy course (SURG 203) as well as "Wilderness Leadership and Mentorship Skills for Medical Students" (EMED 235). Chris has also directed the anatomy course for Stanford SPLASH, which provides opportunities for high school students to explore interests in various subjects. Before Stanford, Chris completed an A.B. in Chemistry and Astrophysics in 2015 at Harvard and an MPhil in Chemistry in 2016 at the University of Cambridge where he was the John Eliot Scholar.

Guest Lecturers

Colin M. Bucks, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine, Co-Director of SEMPER

Dan Imler, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Ronak B. Patel, MD MPH – Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine

Julie Racioppi, RN MSN – Clinician Nurse IV, Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine

Gina Suh, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Medicine Division of Infectious Disease

Kim Voronin, LCSW – Disaster Mental Health Clinician and Social Work Clinician, Stanford Department of Social Work and Case Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course offer CME or CEU credit?

No, not at this time.

How much time will I spend on this course?

Each of the 8 learning module has a video between 10-30 minutes, that is followed by some multiple choice and open-ended questions. You can expect to spend about 30-60 minutes for each learning module.

Can I obtain a Statement of Accomplishment for this course?

Yes. To receive a "Statement of Accomplishment" for this course you must receive a score of at least 80%.

Are there required assignments?

There is a pre and post test administered at the beginning and end of the course. After each of the modules, there are post-module assessments graded only for completion, which are designed to explore the concepts introduced in the lectures. In order to 'pass' the course, you will need to complete all of these assessments as well as earn a score greater than 80% on the post test.

Does this course provide medical advice for patients?

The information contained in this course is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional guidance regarding medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Participants in this course should not provide unsupervised emergency medicine or department care unless they have completed all of the training, licensing and certification process required in their country. The information in this course is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.

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