Simulator Program

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"Hospital-based simulator suites, may point the way forward as the new paradigm for the effective education of clinicians, current and future."

Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2009 Vol. 10, No. 2

Overview

The Pediatric Simulator Program at Boston Children’s Hospital is the first hospital-based simulator at a teaching hospital in New England. It is accredited by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the first pediatric center to be endorsed, and one of only 31 ASA Endorsed Centers Nationwide.

The simulation suite is a dual-purpose simulation laboratory and procedure room with an adjacent control room and conference room located within a state-of-the-art Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

The Simulator Program operates as a post-graduate university for trainees from multiple disciplines and departments and offers a myriad of simulation-enhanced solutions to educational challenges that fall within four broad categories:

  • crisis resource management
  • competency-based training
  • professional staff development
  • institutional policy implementation

Mission

The Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program will form an education center to advance and support medical education for all health care providers at Boston Children's Hospital. Through the development and adaptation of innovative teaching strategies, the program will teach to a wide array of practitioners via experiential learning. The Program will seek to make substantial contributions to global pediatric education and foster collaborative research by assisting in the development of international simulation centers.

Core Objectives

  • to recruit, train and retain Boston Children's staff via the development of a simulation-based post graduate university
  • to standardize and disseminate high quality crisis resource management training
  • to make substantial contributions to global pediatric education and foster collaborative research by assisting in the development of international simulation centers
  • to develop new curricular paradigms targeting the training of relational and communication skills
  • to adapt business models to the health care setting to promote rapid cycle improvement within the institution

Innovations

Pediatric Simulator ProgramThe BCHSP ran a very successful ECMO Transport Course to test a new protocol and transport stretcher for transporting ECMO patients. The simulation emcompased not only the protocol within the hospital, but also within a moving ambulance. This allowed the transport team to get a real feeling for how the circuit reacted to live transport and how to prepare for transporting an actual ECMO patient.

Accreditation

American Society of Anesthesiologists 

The Simulator Program at Boston Children's Hospital received accreditation from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The program is one of only 31 ASA Endorsed Centers Nationwide and the first pediatric center to be endorsed by the ASA. Learn more about the ASA accreditation.

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