The Simulation Program
The Simulation Program at Children’s Health℠ is committed to communication, collaboration and improving outcomes in a crisis situation – which is the time when all these qualities mean the most. Our goal is to help health care providers develop the skills and teamwork behaviors they need for any situation, and we know that these skills are best learned under realistic conditions.
Improving the clinician and patient experience through health care simulation.
The Children’s Health℠ Simulation Center strives to be internationally accredited center of excellence. Using multiple modalities of simulation, we are looking to provide an immersive learning experience that improves patient safety and care.
An integral part of the Children’s Health℠ Learning Institute, the program is located next to the main Children’ Medical Center Dallas campus in the Specialty Center. The Simulation Program, or “Sim Lab,” began in 2006 with a single infant simulator, and it has grown into a state-of-the-art facility that now occupies more than 3,000 square feet featuring two simulation rooms and over a dozen simulators ranging from neonate to adult that can be used within the center or in the clinical or pre-hospital setting. This provides Children’s staff the opportunity to practice high-risk low frequency scenarios in a psychologically safe environment where they are free to learn from their challenges.
How Simulation Works
Healthcare simulation uses a combination of health care simulation methodologies, adult education theory, and clinical content. Trainees or participants may practice skills and receive instant feedback often focused on communication and teamwork to improve patient safety.
In practice, staff will use life-size computerized manikins made for healthcare controlled by a computer and practice real scenarios that they encounter in their setting with the same equipment that they use in their environment. Trained simulation facilitators create a safe learning environment and observe, assess and evaluate the processes and outcomes of both individual and team simulation through debriefing.
Process using simulation standards of best practices
- Contact and meet simulation education and operations staff
- Complete required simulation education if necessary
- Complete curriculum development and scenario forms
- Pilot scenario
- Execute simulation event
- Evaluation of simulation event by learners, facilitators and simulation educators
- Debrief event for process improvement
Partner With Us
The Children’s Health℠ Simulation Program is open to collaborating and partnering with driven organizations and individuals who share our mission to make life better for children by improving patient safety, through the use of healthcare simulation. For all inquiries, please fill out the Industry Partnership form and email it to Simulationlab@childrens.com.
Education & Training
The Children’s Health℠ Simulation Program strives to be a nationally recognized simulation center that provides the tools, training, and methods that allows the health system to deliver quality patient care by promoting interprofessional learning and research in the supportive and controlled environment of simulation.
- Anesthesia Fellow and Resident Programs
- Critical Care PICU
- Emergency Department Fellow and Resident Programs
- ECMO Fellows
- Fellows Orientation
- New Resident Program
- PICU Resident Program
- Resident Simulation Elective Program
- Resident Half Day Program
- Critical Care Workshop
- Advanced Respiratory Class
- NICU Awareness Class
- Nurse Residency Program (Accredited)
- Pediatric Application of Skills and Situations Program (PASS)
- In-Situ CRRT Program
- Active Shooter
- In-Situ OR Simulation
- System Wide In-Situ Simulation Experience
- External Transport
- Critical Care Workshop
- Community simulation (mobile)
- Skills Training:
- Advanced Practice Professionals Skills Day
- BLS Roadshow (mobile)
- MD Skills Day
- Community Health
- Vascular Access
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- PPE Training
- Simulation Facilitation Workshop
- Certification Classes:
Meet Our Team
Dayna Downing, MBA, MHA - Manager, Simulation and Technology Education
Lynne Madori, CHSE - Healthcare Simulation Educator
Kay Martin, BSRC, RRT-NPS, CHSOS - Healthcare Simulation Educator
Dustin Holzwarth, EMT-P, CHSE, CHSOS - Healthcare Simulation Educator
Cindy Chilton, BSN, RN, NPD - BC - Life Support Courses Program Manager/ Lead Instructor