Using video games to improve pediatric disaster education

SAN DIEGO — The use of video games to facilitate training, commonly referred to as gamification, is well-established in many industries, however, its application in healthcare is variable. The Pediatric Research in Disaster Education (PRIDE) team is trying to change that.

The team recently presented their research on a video game-based training tool at the National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting. This tool acts as a digital tabletop platform that allows providers to test their disaster triage skills in an asynchronous format.


Dr. Mark Cicero, principal investigator for PRIDE, kept the audience engaged through demonstrations of the game and a few memorable quotes including:

  • “Pediatrics disaster education is also disaster education.”

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