The Child Health Residency Department provides residents a unique opportunity to take part in two separate simulation programs. The Simulation Boot Camp for first-year residents is a new program to be held annually. The Continuing Simulation Education is a quarterly continuing simulation education program. Both programs provide multiple learning opportunities using hi-fidelity simulation.

Simulation boot camp

The Child Health Residency Simulation boot camp is for first-year Pediatrics and Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residents at MU. The first boot camp was held on June 16, 2020, and will continue to be held annually.


  • Recognize and discuss the management of several pediatric and neonatal emergencies using hi-fidelity simulations
  • Learn procedural skills commonly expected from a resident
  • Learn teamwork and communication skills

Pre-Course work

Participants are expected to answer questions on a pre-test. This tests their cognitive knowledge and gives a chance to read and reflect on common problems they will encounter during their residency.

Participants are expected to watch a set of videos that depict one of the several ways of performing skills that they will practice during the boot camp.


  • Six hours of hands-on experience

Dress Code

  • Scrubs only

The following precautions were adhered to during our first-annual event:

  • Participants wore a mask at all times
  • Participants practiced safe distancing at all times
  • Participants worked in small groups: 3-4 participants per group and one to two faculty per group

Procedural Skills

  • Intubation and other airway interventions on the neonatal airway
  • Intubation and other airway interventions on the pediatric airway
  • Wound suturing
  • Umbilical venous catheterization
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Needle aspiration of pneumothorax
  • Splinting of fractures


The scenarios are not revealed to maintain an element of surprise and encourage active participation and self-reflection by the residents.


Continuing Simulation Education

Continuing Simulation Education sessions are held quarterly on a Thursday and usually are four hours in duration. They provide a safe learning environment where there are no “errors”, only learning opportunities.

Groups of three to five residents work with a faculty facilitator at each station and practice two procedural skills and up to six scenarios. Each station lasts approximately 30 minutes

The procedures to be practiced are selected by the group of participating residents and the chief resident a week in advance.

Recent sessions were held April 28, 2022.

Future sessions are scheduled for:

  • 10/13/2022
  • 2/23/2023
  • 4/27/2023

Contact your chief resident for sign up or questions.