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HKJC DPRI Participates in the WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine

The 20th World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) Congress convened on the 24th – 28th April in Toronto, with more than 900 disaster and emergency medicine professionals in attendance. HKJC DPRI had submitted two abstracts about trainings that which incorporated virtual reality (VR) simulation elements that HKJCDPRI coorganiszed with the The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists and Hong Kong Automobile Association respectively.


Abstract topic: The first abstract “High fidelity simulation with the use of 360-degree VR for aeromedical training in search and rescue”
The first abstract was for the course “Air Crew Resuscitation Simulation Refresher Course” as part of regular training for the Hong Kong Government Flying Services. The presentation explored the benefits of using VR through participants wearing 360 degree goggles in search and rescue training, which allowed immersive environments, enhanced allowed participants to be more realistically and fully immersed into the scenario. The benefits of using VR allowed for consistency in training and also enabled veterans’ past experience to be effectively communicated to trainees.


Abstract topic: The second abstract “Use of VR in Motorsports Emergency Training”
The second abstract was about the course “Motorsport Medicine Incident Management Course” organizsed in the view of the first motorsport event in Hong Kong. Game-style VR was used in the training of command and control. The presentation stipulated that using VR enabled participants to make decisions with minimal information, as in real life. It also allowed for flexibility to change as the scenarios can be changed in an instance according to participants’ responses. It was also beneficial for and createing scenarios that has have not actually happened.


Pre-congress workshop: Issues related to EMT Training Agenda
Tiffany Yeung, project coordinator of the Emergency Medicine Teams (EMT) project with University of ManchesterHKJC DPRI representative  was also invited to speak on the experience of conducting trainings in Mainland mainland China in the pre-congress workshop “Issues related to EMT training agenda”. Tiffany spoke of theHKJC DPRI shared the objectives and modes of trainings of national Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) in China, and also some of the strengths of the national EMTs, and existing training gaps.


Disaster simulation exercises are effective ways of learning to prepare healthcare professionals who will participate in real disaster response operations. As one of the HKJC DPRI’s project components, HKJC PDRI will develop a series of simulation-based learning components to create engaging and experiential learning opportunities for its participants. For enquires and exploration of partnership with HKJC DPRI, please contact our the HKJCDPRI sSecretariat at or tel (852) 2871 8507 or via email at