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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2018, Article ID 7982315, 8 pages
Research Article

Pediatric Trauma Boot Camp: A Simulation Curriculum and Pilot Study

1Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, King Faisal Medical City Southern Regions, Ministry of Health, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2Summa Health System, Akron, OH, USA
3Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH, USA
4Division of Trauma, Department of Surgery, Summa Health, Akron, OH, USA
5Northeast Ohio Medical University, Akron, OH, USA
6Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH, USA
7Department of Medical Education, Summa Health, Akron, OH, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Rami A. Ahmed; gro.htlaehammus@rdemha

Received 7 July 2017; Revised 16 October 2017; Accepted 16 November 2017; Published 4 January 2018

Academic Editor: Selim Suner

Copyright © 2018 Ahmad Khobrani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Trauma is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in infants and children worldwide. Trauma education is one of the most commonly reported deficiencies in pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) training. In this study, we describe the creation of a pediatric trauma boot camp in which trainees’ basic knowledge, level of confidence, teamwork, and communication skills are assessed. The primary goal of this pilot study was to create a simulation-based pediatric trauma curriculum for PEM fellows and emergency medicine residents utilizing Kern’s curricular conceptual framework. This was a pilot, prospective, single cohort, exploratory, observational study utilizing survey methodology and a convenience sample. The curriculum consisted of a two-day experience that included confidence surveys, a cognitive multiple-choice questionnaire, and formative and summative simulation scenarios. At the conclusion of this intensive simulation-based trauma boot camp participants reported increased confidence and demonstrated significant improvement in the basic knowledge and performance of the management of pediatric trauma cases in a simulated environment.