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Pediatric Simulation Lab

The Pediatric Simulation Lab is a new addition at Miami Children's Hospital. 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 techniques and work with a team under emergent scenarios to test their skills, all without having to worry about harming the "patient."
To read more about the Pediatric Human Patient Simulation Program, click here.
 
Transport Services

Miami Children’s Hospital provides LifeFlight® transport services to bring critically ill patients to MCH for tertiary care. LifeFlight® provides expert care for the sick, injured and disabled neonate, and child, throughout South Florida and the Caribbean, quickly and efficiently, with a highly skilled staff and advanced equipment in a medically configured helicopter, ambulance or plane. Throughout the second and third years of residency, residents have the opportunity to attend and participate in the transport by providing supportive, stabilizing measures to these high acuity patients while en route to the hospital.   


Teaching Conferences


Miami Children's Hospital offers weekly Grand Rounds presentations, multidisciplinary radiology conference, professorial rounds and daily noon conferences. Osteopathic residents also have exposure to principles and practice of osteopathic medicine as it applies to pediatrics through on-line self-guided courses and through lectures and practice sessions provided by NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, MCH 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 MCH'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.

In addition, Miami Children’s Hospital hosts its Annual Board Review Course. This program is designed as a comprehensive review for pediatricians who are preparing for the Board certification or recertification examination. Third year residents are required to attend this multi-day course free of charge in addition to the regularly scheduled board review sessions.  This approach is one of the factors contributing to the high scores and high passing rates on the Board Certification Exams. Board pass rates for the AOBP Certifying Exam for our residents and graduates have been an astounding 100% to date. Additionally, MCH boasts the highest 3 year averaged ABP board passing rate amongst all Florida residency programs.


MCH Medical Library


The MCH Library offers residents a collection of books, journals, audio tapes and video tapes. Also available is a special MDConsult subscription (full-text books and journals online), Ovid on-line services (including the Medline database), on-campus UptoDate subscriptions, and access to Clinical Key, Procedures Consult and the Isabel clinical decision support software. Residents have 24-hour access to the library resources. In addition, osteopathic residents are given access to all of Nova Southeastern University’s medical and non-medical libraries and vast online resources. 


Research
 
In addition to participating and completing a mandatory Quality Improvement curriculum, all residents are encouraged to participate in research protocols and publish papers or present abstracts during their training program. The Miami Children's Hospital Research Institute provides the infrastructure and services necessary for the hospital's clinical and translational research activities. While Miami Children's Hospital is devoted to healing young patients, it is also working to make the future brighter for children with medical problems.  Residents also participate in Quality Improvement projects conducted within the hospital throughout   residency training. 


By pursuing over 200 innovative research projects, a diversified team of scientists, physicians and other healthcare professionals at Miami Children's Hospital Research Institute are seeing breakthroughs in diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of childhood diseases. Clinical research studies, which test new diagnostic procedures, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and interventional procedures, as well as outcomes research and are conducted by the MCH Research Institute. Departments that are especially active in clinical research include radiology, cardiology, neurosciences, nephrology, and hematology-oncology. Miami 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.


Computer Resources


Residents have full access to computers in the hospital’s 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. Osteopathic residents also have access to all online medical resources provided by Nova Southeastern University. 

MCH currently uses an electronic medical records system (EMR) that is called PEDS (Pediatric Electronic Data System).