The Pediatric Simulation Center was established in 2007 to provide physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, students, and other health care professionals with opportunities to perform common medical procedures and respond to rare, complex conditions and life threatening emergencies using patient simulators. The Center creates a safe, realistic, environment which allows residents to increase their knowledge, hone their skills, and practice teamwork in the context of real life patient scenarios. It continues to grow and has six simulators ranging from newborn to teenager. The Center is Alabama's only pediatric simulation center, has more than 3,000 visitors each year, and has educated over 10,000 learners to date.
Over the course of the residency, simulation will become a natural way to learn cases you might not otehrwise see or prepare for cases you certainly will see in a controlled environment. Interns are introduced to the Simulation Center during orientation and have weekly simulation scenarios on Thursdays. One PICU conference every week is dedicated to Critical Care Simulation, cross cover simulation happens on night float months, Mock Codes are monthly, and several other opportunities are scattered throughout your three years. The simulation dummies have also made regular appearances in our skits over the last 3 years showing how much they have been integrated into our residency life.