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PennDemic III

A Transdisciplinary Outbreak Simulation for Penn and USciences Students

It is more evident than ever before that teams that respond to an infectious disease outbreaks must include people from a wide array of backgrounds and experience. So what happens if a uncommon disease all of a sudden becomes much more common in the Philadelphia area?  How do we respond?  How do we communicate this to the public?  What happen’s when you lose the public’s trust?

PENNDEMIC is an annual interprofessional education (IPE) simulation that invites students from across both UPenn and USciences who are interested in learning more about disaster and emergency preparedness to participate. PennDemic brings teams of students together to address issues that could arise during an emergency situation.

The diverse teams explore solutions to issues using the expertise of its team members. Groups are facilitated by faculty who assist in moving the groups decision making forward, while allowing the group members to drive the conversations and to problem solving, capitalizing on the strengths of its team members. Community and government officials who engage in and prepare for these types of situations on a daily basis are available to provide their insight and expertise to the discussions.

If this sounds like something you’d like to participate in, please follow the link below to the application. Completing the application provides the event planners with information about the attendees that will help us to ensure all disciplines are included.

Looking forward to meeting you, virtually of course, on December 5, 2020!

Who, What, Where & When

Who will participate: 

  • Undergraduate and graduate students from any school at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Sciences
  • Members of the public and private sectors serving as simulation advisors


  • A virtual event engaging students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and University of the Sciences in a multi-sectoral simulation. Participants will receive in-depth training in One Health emergency preparedness and multidisciplinary, collaborative responses to public health crises.


  • Saturday, December 5, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 pm EST (via Zoom!)

Organizers & Sponsors

The first iteration of PennDemic was funded by an Impact Seminar Grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and matching funds from the School of Nursing and the School of Veterinary Medicine. 

The simulation is being planned, funded and implemented by faculty from across Penn’s Schools and Programs and also the University of the Sciences.