Additional Educational Opportunities

Pediatric Simulation Lab

The Pediatric Simulation Lab allows trainees to practice resuscitation and procedural skills. The Hospital has acquired several simulation mannequins such as the Human Patient Simulator (HPS) from METI™, called the PediaSim. The training program is run by a full-time simulation educator, under the direction of the Medical Education Department. Through this program, residents can be tested for mandatory competencies, practice difficult procedures and work with a team under emergent scenarios to test their skills, all without having to worry about harming the "patient." Residents participate in scheduled simulation sessions throughout the year and on an as needed basis. The Pediatric Simulation Lab is also utilized during the residents’ scheduled procedures rotation.

To read more about the Pediatric Human Patient Simulation Program, click here.

Transport Services

Nicklaus Children's Hospital's LifeFlight® critical care transport team provides transport of critically ill children from referring hospitals to Nicklaus Children's Hospital pediatric care units. In addition to ground ambulance transports, the LifeFlight program offers air transport via helicopters operated by PHI, Inc., one of the world’s most experienced aircraft operators, and through contracted fixed-wing aircraft charters.

Teaching Conferences

Nicklaus Children's Hospital offers weekly Grand Rounds presentations, multidisciplinary radiology conference, professorial rounds, evidence-based journal club sessions, and daily morning report presentations, nighttime curriculum, and noon conferences. In addition, Nicklaus Children's Hospital sponsors numerous Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs throughout the year, including the Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course which has become an outstanding, world-recognized conference.

The Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course is regarded as one of the most established independent CME programs in the country. The course aims to provide a state-of-the-art continuing medical education forum of general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties to advance best clinical practices, latest research developments, and child advocacy. It is part of Nicklaus Children's Hospital's commitment to promoting worldwide the educational development of medical professionals serving children. Faculty from all over the U.S. and the world are invited to participate and present the practicing pediatrician with the most recent advances that directly impact the practice of pediatrics. It is here that approximately 1,000 participants, including pediatric residents and fellows, are exposed to the world's foremost teachers who have proven ability to translate theoretical information to the practical level of day-to-day pediatric care.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital also hosts an Annual Board Review Course. This program is designed as a comprehensive review for pediatricians who are preparing for the American Board of Pediatrics certification or recertification examination. Third year residents are required to attend this four day course free of charge in addition to regularly scheduled board review sessions. This approach is one of the factors contributing to the high scores received by Nicklaus Children's Hospital residents on the American Board of Pediatrics Intraining Examinations and high passing rates on the Board Certification Exams.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Medical Library

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Library offers residents a collection of books, journals, audio tapes and video tapes. Also available is a Clinical Key subscription (full-text books and journals online), Ovid on-line services (including the Medline database), on-campus UptoDate and Procedure Consult subscriptions, and access to the Isabel clinical decision support software. Residents have 24-hour access to the library resources.


Residents are encouraged to participate in research protocols and publish papers or present abstracts during their training program. The Miami Children's Research Institute provides the infrastructure and services necessary for the hospital's clinical and translational research activities. While Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is devoted to healing young patients, it is also working to make the future brighter for children with medical problems.

Clinical research studies, which test new diagnostic procedures, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and interventional procedures, as well as outcomes research  are conducted by the Miami Children's Research Institute. Departments that are especially active in clinical research include radiology, cardiology, neurosciences, nephrology, hematology-oncology, and critical care. Nicklaus Children's Hospital is also a full member of the Children's Oncology Group, a federally-funded consortium of pediatric hospitals and pediatric departments conducting a large array of clinical research studies to advance treatment of childhood cancers.

Quality Improvement

Nicklaus Children's Hospital residents also participate in team-based Quality Improvement projects during their PL2 and PL3 years of training.  The program utilizes EQIPP which is an online learning program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The EQIPP curriculum provides instruction modules on quality improvement principles and concepts, as well as the online tools and step-by-step guidance needed to complete a continuous practice improvement project using the residents’ patient data.

Computer Resources

Residents have full access to computers in the Library, in the Residents’ Lounge area which is adjacent to the call rooms, in the Pediatric Care Center and other outpatient offices, and on all the inpatient floors.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is currently utilitizing an electronic medical records system (EMR). The system is called PEDS (Pediatric Electronic Data System).

PL-1 residents are given a personal iPad to use throughout their training, which includes access to the hospital's EMR system and all of the medical library resources.

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