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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, residents, medical students, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists.


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

  1. PALS/NRP Bootcamps – Intense training experiences focusing on core PALS/NRP resuscitation skills.
  2. Skills Sessions - Dedicated time to practice basic skills such as bag mask ventilation and lumbar punctures.
  3. Paired Didactic and Simulation Sessions – Core conferences teaching PALS topics get coordinated with hands-on simulation, bringing lecture materials to life.
  4. Crisis Resource Management Training – Interprofessional sessions in the iCELS simulation center at the medical school. Learners include residents, medical students, nursing and respiratory therapy.
  5. In situ simulation – Regularly scheduled brief (~30 min) interprofessional simulations on the pediatric floor and the PICU, which cover a planned core set of cases and skills. Simulations also occur as patient volume allows in the NICU and in the pediatric ER. 

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 Leadership - 
Stacey Valentine
Kathryn Wynne
Peter Sell