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Simulation Program
Simulation Program

Elective in Paediatric Simulation


The Elective in Paediatric Simulation is a stream for both health-care and non-health-care professionals that is intended to expose trainees to the use of simulation for paediatric education. The duration of the elective is a minimum of two (2) consecutive weeks, and may be up to a total of 12 weeks. A non-continuous longitudinal option is available upon consultation with the Elective Supervisor and LITE Program Committee.

Acceptance Criteria​

The following are required for acceptance into the Elective in Paediatric Simulation:

    1. Approval by Trainee's Program Director.
    2. Supervisor – the Supervisor must be a credentialed SickKids Simulation Instructor or approved by the Simulation Steering Committee.
    3. Capacity within the Simulation Program.
    4. Approval by the Simulati​on Steering Committee.


Upon completion of the elective the trainee is able to:

    1. ​​​​Describe different modalities available for simulation based education.
    2. Design a simulation scenario appropriate to the learning objectives and level of the learner.
    3. Demonstrate effective pre-brief prior to simulation sessions.
    4. Demonstrate the use of best practices when facilitating a simulation session.
    5. Teach and/or assess crisis resource management skills during team training simulations.
    6. Teach and/or assess procedural skills on a mannequin or task trainer.
    7. Demonstrate an effective debrief and provide feedback skillfully.
    8. Evaluate a simulation session and modify it as necessary.
    9. Learn the capabilities and limitations of high fidelity patient simulators.
    10. Other–self d​etermined by trainee.


    1. Identify an Elective Supervisor. The Supervisor must be a Simulation Instructor. The following meetings must be established with the Supervisor: Initial review of month/longitudinal plan mid elective progress meeting end of rotation r​eview (ITER).
    2. M​​eet with a Simulation Educator to establish an orientation to equipment and session schedule.
    3. Read the recommended articles on medical simulation.
    4. Attend a debriefing and fac​ilitator workshop (unless completed and based on availability).
    5. Develop at least one complete scenario using the simulation scenario template. This includes the following:​
      • Objectives​​​ of ​simulation history and role definition
      • Moulage complete m​edical record (H&P, preOp, labs, consents, ra​diology, etc.)
      • All films, ECGs and other documents in computer format (​.jpg or .pdf)
      • At least one pap​er on the behavioral issue(s) in the scenario
      • Debrie​fing guide
    6. Attend as many simulation sessions as available during the elective (Example - PEM, CCU, pediatric resident-code team, etc.):
      • Operate the simulator for at least one scenario
      • Attend and contribute to as many debriefings as possible
      • Facilitate at least one debriefing
      • Help with set-up of scenarios when possible​
    7. Write a one-page summary of the rotation.
    8. Complete the Rotation Evaluation Form.

​Application Process

To initiate the application process, please complete the LITE Program Declaration of Interest form and submit it to Samantha Metler, Student Experience Coordinator.  A member of the LITE Program Committee will then contact you to discuss the formal application process. All applications will be viewed by the LITE Program Committee.

Key Contacts

Zia Bismilla
Staff Paediatrician
Paediatric Medicine Division,
The Hospital for Sick Children

Emily Louca
Education Manager
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital for Sick Children