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Taking the Pulse on Pediatric Simulation: A National Survey of Pediatric Residency Programs' Simulation Practices and Challenges

Frey-Vogel, A.; Rogers, A.; Sparger, K.; Mehta, R.; Mirchandani-Shah, D.; Mangold, K.; Mitchell, D.; Wood, A.

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Jan 25


OBJECTIVES: There is abundant literature on simulation use in individual pediatric residency programs but limited overall data on simulation in US pediatric residency programs. This study sought to determine how US pediatric residency programs use simulation for teaching and assessment and the challenges programs face in their use of simulation. METHODS: The Association of Pediatric Program Director's Healthcare Simulation in Pediatrics Learning Community members developed a 15-multipart question survey on the use of simulation in US pediatric residency programs using best practices in survey design. The survey was distributed electronically to US pediatric residency program directors. Qualitative questions were analyzed by content analysis and quantitative questions using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: The survey response rate was 21%; respondents were disproportionately from large academic medical centers. Qualitative analysis found that respondents use simulation to teach pediatric residents in the areas of urgent/emergent situations, procedures, and communication, and common challenges to simulation implementation are time, physical resources, expertise, competing priorities, logistics, and buy-in. Quantitative analysis demonstrated that, although respondents are largely confident that their simulation programs improve resident preparedness and competence, few objectively evaluate their simulation programs. CONCLUSIONS: Pediatric residency programs use simulation for similar purposes and face similar challenges. By collaborating, the resources of the national pediatric simulation community can be leveraged to collect evidence for best practices for simulation use in pediatric residency training.

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