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The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has significant variability in patient numbers, acuity and disease processes represented throughout the year. This variability leads to differences in educational exposure for our residents. Prior attempts at standardizing education through a scheduled didactic program were limited by the time constraints of this high intensity and unpredictable environment. In 2015, the pediatric critical care rotation evaluation had the lowest scores for provision of didactic education. On a Likert scale of 1-5 (with 5 being excellent), the didactic scores were 3.41 (Jan - June 2015) and 3.79 (July - Dec. 2015.), lower than other rotations (mean S.D. 0.98, 1.14, respectively). Adult learners require diverse educational methods for optimal learning, and hands-on learning through patient care should be augmented through other educational experiences.

Specific aim: Develop a PICU resident curriculum and a)have trainees receive >90% education on 12 core critical care topics each rotation and b) improve our resident evaluation in the area for provision of didactics to a score of >4.0 by January 1, 2017.


Critical Care | Medical Education | Pediatrics


Presented at the 8th National Healthcare Quality Week Poster Session. Kansas City, MO. October, 2016.

Passport to the PICU: A Quality Improvement Project for Resident Critical Care Education