This study is randomized trial of a procedural skills training curriculum utilizing
simulation to teach basic procedural skills to pediatric residents.
This study is designed to evaluate a formal curriculum for teaching basic procedures to
pediatric interns at Children's Hospital, Boston. The incoming class of interns for the
academic year '05-06 will be randomly assigned to participate in the curriculum or not. Four
procedures including intravenous catheter insertion, venipuncture (blood drawing),
bag-and-mask ventilation, and lumbar puncture (spinal tap) will be taught. Interns will then
be tested on their ability to perform these skills on anatomic models and on live patients.
Our hypothesis is that interns receiving the formal curriculum will be more confident and
more successful in performing these procedures than those who do not.
- Pediatric Intern in the Boston Combined Residency Program for AY '05-'06