On April 23, 2018, Drs. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Emily Ciccone and Alyssa Tilly held a Pediatric Global Health Simulation for those planning to rotate abroad during residency or medical school, or are considering a career in global health. Dr. Fitzgerald, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, served as the Faculty Advisor for the project, and helped Dr. Ciccone and Dr. Tilley implement and design the SIM, as well as wrote two of the four modules.
“As interest in global health grows, clinical experiences in resource-limited settings are becoming a more frequent part of medical training. However, the practice of medicine in these contexts is vastly different from that with which we are familiar, requiring a broader set of procedural skills and fund of knowledge. Therefore, residents traveling abroad may feel unprepared or overwhelmed when faced with common clinical scenarios in resource-limited environments.
To help mitigate this, we have developed a Pediatric Global Health Simulation Curriculum to expose residents and students interested in global health to frequently encountered disease processes in children, their management, and associated procedures. It is geared towards medical students in the application or individualization phases and residents/fellows who have practiced or are planning to practice pediatrics abroad. Pre- and post-surveys will be administered to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum. Groups will also be observed for time-to-critical-actions in each simulation scenario. Participation in the session and/or the surveys is completely voluntary. There will be no identifying information saved, and all surveys will be destroyed after data entry” – Dr. Emily Ciccone & Dr. Alyssa Tilly.