Having utilized simulation-based education in the past, with a mostly procedurally based application, the pediatric residency program developed and implemented a formal simulation curriculum in 2014 after identifying an education gap related to emergency and resuscitation care. The curriculum has the following goals and objectives:
- Improve resident attendance.
- Standardize simulation curriculum.
- Improve resident comfort with emergency resuscitation skills.
In 2016 we increased attendance by incorporating simulation sessions into our academic half-days, which are mandatory didactics free of clinical duties. We also host bi-monthly scheduled in situ simulations on the wards, so residents can anticipate them, be prepared with materials (e.g. PALS cards), and plan their day around the thirty-minute in situ simulation session. We emphasize a good judgment approach and the benefits of simulation learning before every session.
In 2017, we established The University of Florida Pediatric Simulation in Medicine (P-SIM) group; this effort was possible thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network Foundation and the University of Florida College of Medicine. P-SIM is a multidisciplinary, interprofessional group that includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, ECMO specialists, pharmacists, first responders, medical students, pediatric trainees, educators, technicians, and engineers committed to developing a state of the art pediatric simulation-based training program at the University of Florida.
Our Mission & Vision
Our mission is to have a state of the art and high quality pediatric simulation-based training program at the University of Florida to enhance performance and improve patient care outcomes through medical simulation and research.
Our center aims to be a leader in pediatric simulation-based learning, providing an outstanding education that will advance knowledge and improve healthcare globally.