[Education]

In 2005, the KidSIM Program was started following some interest in the Section of Emergency Medicine to use this educational tool to help teach pediatric acute care skills to medical learners.  Since that time the program has undergone significant growth in the breadth and depth of training it provides.  Currently, there are very few areas of the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) where this technology is not used to enhance, supplement or replace traditional learning.  This includes the acute care areas, the in-patient units, the operating room and PACU and a variety of out-patient clinics.  It is used in nursing mandatory education, resident academic half-day, outreach education, and in the mock code blue program.  It is used by learning groups from undergraduate students in medicine, nursing and respiratory therapy to practicing health professionals from all of those backgrounds, and others.  Several innovative programs have been launched through the KidSIM Program.  This section will share some baseline demographic data as well as a brief synopsis of all of the individual education programs that make up the KidSIM Program.