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Pediatric Simulation Curriculum

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At UMass, we strive to incorporate pediatric simulation experiences throughout residency training in order to develop clinical skills, foster team work and leadership, and improve patient care. Our Pediatric Simulation Committee is composed of a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, medical students, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists, as well as members of our Resident Simulation Interest Group.

         Mission Statement              

Examples of how pediatric simulation is incorporated into resident medical training include:

  1. PALS/NRP Bootcamps – Twice yearly intense training experiences focusing on core PALS/NRP resuscitation skills.
  2. Didactic Sessions –Monthly Monday Morning Conferences focus on PALS core topics; and monthly afternoon Senior and Intern Block Conferences coordinate core clinical lectures with hands-on simulation.
  3. Crisis Resource Management Training – Monthly interprofessional sessions in the iCELS simulation center at the medical school. Learners include residents, medical students, nursing and respiratory therapy. Residents are required to attend at least 1 session per year.
  4. In situ simulation – Weekly brief (~30 min) interprofessional simulations on the pediatric floor and the PICU. Simulations will also soon be occurring regularly in the NICU and in the ER, as well as intermittent simulations in the outpatient Benedict clinics.

We are always looking for ways to expand and improve our simulation program. We value resident feedback and involvement in all phases of simulation education. Please reach out to us with questions, ideas, or to get involved!

Pediatric Simulation Committee
Stacey Valentine
Kathryn Wynne
Peter Sell
Pediatric Chief Residents - current Katharine Davidoff and Christopher Lops