Training disaster medicine trainers (TDMT)

The Training Disaster Medicine Trainers (TdmT) is an international program developed by CRIMEDIM together with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Against a background of increasing disaster risk and growing number of actual disasters, this project stems from the need to fill the existing gap in the medical curriculum, where disaster medicine is poorly represented worldwide. The aim of the course is to provide medical students with theoretical knowledge and basic skills in the field of Disaster Medicine, empowering them to share the knowledge gained with their peers and in their communities.

The TdmT is delivered on an annual basis and is open for any medical student to apply; selection is based on a merit ranking, and number of medical students admitted is limited to 20 per course.

After graduation, each TdmT student is certified and eligible to deliver peer-to-peer education in the field of disaster medicine to their local student committees and within the IFMSA General Assemblies and Regional Meetings. These peer-to-peer three days trainings are called International Training on Disaster Medicine (IDMT).

The TdmT thereby creates a global network of disaster medicine trainers. The network is a natural platform for joint initiatives such as peer-to-peer training, research projects or even advocacy campaigns.


  • Introduction to Disaster and Humanitarian Health

  • Hospital and Prehospital Mass Casualty Incident Management

  • Health Impact of Different Types of Disasters

  • Public Health in Disasters and Humanitarian Crises

  • Principles of Disaster Risk Management for Health

  • International Standards, Coordination and Regulations of Humanitarian Response

TdmT has three specific consequential phases:

  • Distance learning through an e-learning platform (three months, from April to July)

  • Residential course in Novara, Italy (seven days, in July).

  • Distance planning and delivering of the ITDM

Applications for the 2023 edition will open in January 2023

During the program, trainees will be exposed to innovative training methodologies, such as live and computerized virtual simulations, developed by CRIMEDIM.


A purpose-built e-learning platform will serve as a learning hub for tutoring, storing content information and communicating in both a synchronous and an asynchronous format. The online platform will be open for students for the entire duration of the course. The official language of the course will be English.

Residential course

The residential course is held at the Simulation Center of the Università del Piemonte Orientale (SIMNOVA), in Novara, and at the Italian Red Cross Committee of Galliate.

The residential includes:

  • Virtual simulations

  • Live simulations

  • Table-top simulations

  • Group discussions

  • Class-room lessons

The different types of simulations will allow participants to acquire specific competencies through both individual and team training.

Distance planning and delivering of the ITDM

Students will be supported by CRIMEDIM and IFMSA in the planning and delivering of ITDM courses. Furthermore, through a mentorship program developed in collaboration with the European Master Disaster Medicine Alumni Association (EMDM-A), a mentor will be assigned to each student. This will serve as a connection towards the professional community of disaster medicine and as additional support in the student’s delivery of the ITDM