kidSTAR Medical Education Program

The kidSTAR Medical Education Program was founded in 2005 within the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine to continue to expand an active medical simulation program at the hospital. We view medical simulation as a valuable tool for education, particularly for critical incidents — rare, high-acuity events.

kidSTAR's mission is to enhance patient safety and promote excellent clinical care delivery through rich experiential learning that empowers multidisciplinary teams. Our long-term goal is to distinguish ourselves as a leader in pediatric simulation education with locally and internationaly recognized curricula, faculty and research programs. We also conduct research - learn more.

Our team develops and implements simulations that focus on interprofessional teamwork, crisis resource management and communication skills. Our simulation participants span a broad range of clinical disciplines, including:

  • Pediatric, emergency medicine and family practice residents
  • Fellows, advanced pratice nurses and registered nurses
  • Ancillary clinical care providers
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine students, student nurses and physician assistants
  • Global outreach residents
  • Clinicians from Lurie Children's Partner Hospitals

The kidSTAR Lab

The program is based in an 850-square-foot dedicated simulation center in the hospital, making Lurie Children's one of a handful of pediatric hospitals nationwide with this type of advanced training resource on-site. kidSTAR provides a flexible learning environment for all health professionals to practice key clinical skills and to develop high quality teamwork and communication skills in a psychologically safe environment. We also support in-situation simulations in the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center and other clinical areas.

The lab replicates both ward and PICU bedspaces, with fully functional headwalls, medical gases and monitoring equipment. An integrated audiovisual system allows for the playback of simulated events to augment learning. The location of the lab within the hospital allows for more frequent attendence by busy clinical staff.

The lab is also the base from which kidSTAR staff conducts in-situ (in the clinical environment) simulations across the entire institution and at partner hospitals. At least half of our simulation activities are in-situ, allowing for learners to participate in events with their normal work team in their usual environment. In-situ simulations are valuable opportunities to identify barriers to safe and effective care and unrecognized (latent) system deficits.

To support these simulations, kidSTAR has a broad range of educational resources, including:

  • High fidelity simulators (newborn, infant, child and adult)
  • CPR manikins (child and adult)
  • Skills trainers
  • Simulated patient actors (standardized patient)

The kidSTAR Team

Our staff brings years of experience to the process of creating immersive learning experiences, both in the laboratory and the clinical setting, providing for immediate review and feedback. Select their names below to learn more about their education and special interest areas.

Our current affilliated fellows are:

  • Adam Nicholson, MD - Pediatric Emegency Medicine - Since 2010
  • Yuemi An-Grogran - Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Since 2013
  • Arika Gupta, MD - Neonatology - Since 2013