The courses offered at the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital feature "real" pediatric and obstetric scenarios ranging from labor and delivery to intubations to administration of medication. Each expertly-designed course focuses on crisis management in pediatric care, from neonatal to adolescence.

High-Fidelity Neonatal Resuscitation Program

This program provides a unique learning experience for health care professionals who specialize in neonatal care. Students must practice cognitive, technical and behavioral skills to effectively resuscitate a mannequin in a wide range of emergency situations. Note: Participants must complete the online NRP exam on the AAP Web site before participation in the course.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The monthly PALS course aids the pediatric health care provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. These skills include:

  • Recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
  • The systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • Effective respiratory management
  • Defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion
  • Intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

This 2-day interactive course teaches participants how to develop and implement effective simulation programs in their respective fields. It covers:

  • The history and context of medical simulation
  • Simulation scenario design
  • Strategy behind conducting effective simulations
  • Debriefing skills development

Acute Care Mock Code

This monthly, pediatric in-situ simulation utilizes high-fidelity mannequins to simulate real-life medical and communication challenges associated with pediatric resuscitation. Four scenarios are run each month within an actual patient care environment and there is participation by the entire health care team on that unit. In the debriefing, following the exercise, the team’s coordination and communication are reviewed as well as the cognitive, behavioral and technical performance of individuals.

Neonatal Intensive Care Advanced Procedural Skills Training

This is a quarterly skills workshop that focuses on critical neonatal procedures such as intubation, bag-mask ventilation, central line placement, needle decompression, chest tube placement and cardiac defibrillation. Participants include advanced neonatal care providers, such as neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal intensive care fellows.

Upcoming Courses

The Simulation Center at Texas Children's Hospital is currently developing the following courses. Please check back for upcoming dates and course availability.

  • Pediatric Transport Team Simulation
  • Emergency Care In-situ Simulation Training
  • Pediatric Critical Care High Risk and Resuscitation Simulation
  • Pediatric Trauma Procedures Workshop