Dr. Wolbrink’s academic interest is teaching and education, specifically the development of innovative educational modalities and how they can be applied locally and globally. Her research focus has been to develop and study an innovative web-based educational platform entitled OPENPediatrics. The goal of this project is to create a social learning platform so that health care providers caring for critically ill children globally can learn basic or advanced skills through videos, protocols, simulators (including mechanical ventilation simulator), interactive question & answer capability, social networking, and best practice forums. She is researching the best ways to deliver e-learning globally.


Dr. Wolbrink obtained her BA in Physiology and her MD from Michigan State University. She also obtained her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at Brown University, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is currently an Associate in Critical Care Medicine in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, an Assistant Professor in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and is Co-Director of OPENPediatrics. She also serves as the Education Chair for the Academic Pediatric Association, Advisor for Technology-Enhanced Learning at the Harvard Macy Institute, co-chair of the International Development and Advocacy Committee for the International Simulation Society, and serves on the Executive Board for the Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods for the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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  1. An Annotated Bibliography of Key Studies in Medical Education in 2019: Applying the Current Literature to Educational Practice and Scholarship. Acad Pediatr. 2021 04; 21(3):425-434. View abstract
  2. Online education in a hurry: Delivering pediatric graduate medical education during COVID-19. Prog Pediatr Cardiol. 2021 Mar; 60:101320. View abstract
  3. Pediatric Resident Engagement With an Online Critical Care Curriculum During the Intensive Care Rotation. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020 11; 21(11):986-991. View abstract
  4. Current State of Nutrition Education in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Programs in the United States and Canada. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020 09; 21(9):e769-e775. View abstract
  5. Free, online videos for distance learning in medical genetics. Eur J Med Genet. 2020 Sep; 63(9):103983. View abstract
  6. Applying a novel cost-evaluation framework to assess video-based neurosurgery education. Am J Surg. 2020 09; 220(3):604-609. View abstract
  7. Online Learning and Residents' Acquisition of Mechanical Ventilation Knowledge: Sequencing Matters. Crit Care Med. 2020 01; 48(1):e1-e8. View abstract
  8. Comparison of healthcare professionals' motivations for using different online learning materials. Pediatr Investig. 2019 Jun; 3(2):96-101. View abstract
  9. Education of Healthcare Workers: Avoiding a Square Peg in a Round Hole. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 08; 19(8):794-795. View abstract
  10. Teaching Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Globally through Virtual Simulation. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2018 06 07; 13(6):900-906. View abstract
  11. The Top Ten Websites in Critical Care Medicine Education Today. J Intensive Care Med. 2019 Jan; 34(1):3-16. View abstract
  12. Association between Search Behaviors and Disease Prevalence Rates at 18 U.S. Children's Hospitals. Appl Clin Inform. 2017 10; 8(4):1144-1152. View abstract
  13. Serious Gaming in Medical Education: A Proposed Structured Framework for Game Development. Simul Healthc. 2017 Aug; 12(4):240-253. View abstract
  14. Building a Global, Online Community of Practice: The OPENPediatrics World Shared Practices Video Series. Acad Med. 2017 05; 92(5):676-679. View abstract
  15. 377: VIDEO-BASED LEARNING: DO MINUTES MATTER? Crit Care Med. 2016 Dec; 44(12 Suppl 1):171. View abstract
  17. Test-Enhanced E-Learning Strategies in Postgraduate Medical Education: A Randomized Cohort Study. J Med Internet Res. 2016 11 21; 18(11):e299. View abstract
  18. Severe Tumor Lysis Syndrome and Acute Pulmonary Edema Requiring Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Following Initiation of Chemotherapy for Metastatic Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 May; 63(5):928-30. View abstract
  19. The development of an internet-based knowledge exchange platform for pediatric critical care clinicians worldwide*. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014 Mar; 15(3):197-205. View abstract
  20. Teaching trainees to perform procedures on critically ill children: ethical concerns and emerging solutions. Virtual Mentor. 2012 Oct 01; 14(10):771-7. View abstract
  21. Internet-based learning and applications for critical care medicine. J Intensive Care Med. 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(5):322-32. View abstract