The Pediatric Simulation Center offers a variety of clinical experiences for all health care providers and teams including nursing, medicine, pharmacy, counseling, respiratory therapy, and community groups and families of medically fragile children.The Pediatric Simulation Center provides courses for a wide variety of learners from novices to experts. Whenever possible attempts are made to provide interprofessional experiences for all who care for children at Children’s of Alabama. Bi-monthly mock codes and monthly mock traumas provide in-situ learning opportunities and often yield information about Medical students on their pediatric clerkship work with nursing, respiratory and pharmacy students to care for pediatric patients. Pediatric residents start their intern year with specialized procedural training and attend regularly scheduled simulations as part of their behavior and development, emergency medicine, general inpatient pediatrics, pediatric critical care and other rotations. The center has benefitted for many founders fund grants which have been used to augment the educational opportunities. These have included: Treatment of hyperkalemia in patients with renal failure, Teaching residents how to diagnose, treat, and manage pediatric patients with diabetic ketoacidosis using simulation-based education, Use of Simulation to Help Teach Residents Processing of Evidence in Child Abuse, Use of Simulation to Improve Cross Cover Skills Among Multidisciplinary Team Members, and Delivery of Bad News: A Simulation Enhanced Curriculum.
Many pediatric residents choose to do an elective in the simulation center to improve their teaching and learning skills. In addition, some residents spend additional time in the pediatric simulation center to improve in identified areas of deficiency. Pediatric critical care, emergency medicine and surgery fellows attend crisis resource management training and simulations targeted at a team approach to handling death and dying annually. Pediatric emergency medicine fellows are required to participate in monthly simulations targeted at identified procedures such as basic and advanced airway management as well as leadership development. Pediatric critical care fellows participate in simulations as part of their regularly scheduled conferences. Anesthesia residents participate in monthly pediatric anesthesia simulations as part of their pediatric rotation.
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If you are interested in scheduling your students for one of our courses, please contact us so we can learn more about your learning needs and let you know what to expect. You can also check out our calendar to see what courses we offer on a regular basis.