Workshop Presentation


Workshop 18: Adapting an Outreach Program: Don't Reinvent the Wheel!

Wednesday, May 16
11:00 - 12:30
Location: Universe 2

Course Goal or Outcome: : Pediatric patients, especially those with serious and life-threatening conditions, have unique needs. Concerns about the capability of community hospitals to meet the needs of ill children stem from the low volume of pediatric patients and lack of readily accessible educational experiences. Outreach simulation is a promising educational endeavor to promote hands-on learning opportunities and improve clinical competencies in community hospitals through improving partnership and collaboration with academic centers. This workshop will discuss our academic center’s adaptation of a longstanding successful neonatal mobile outreach simulation education designed to address pediatric needs in the state as well as best strategies for planning and executing other outreach initiatives benefitting from the preexisting program. A multidisciplinary team composed of neonatologists, pediatric critical care physicians, nurse educators and respiratory therapists will facilitate this session, focusing on adaptation of currently existing programs rather than re-inventing the wheel.

Learning Objectives: : 1- Recognize and describe key elements of a successful simulation outreach program
2- Translate and adapt information from a model outreach program to address needs in their area of expertise
3- Formulate an outline for their own outreach simulation program

Intended Audience: : Providers of moderate experience in simulation training/education who are interested in mobile outreach simulation. It encompasses all disciplines and professions in healthcare.

Relevance to the Conference: : The workshop is relevant to the IPSSW conference as it promotes multidisciplinary simulation-based outreach initiatives. Our academic center established a successful neonatal outreach program designed to address neonatal needs in the state. This program expanded its horizon to adapt other outreach programs in the state to deliver best pediatric care. As IPSSW 2018 will take place in Europe, this workshop will also be a great opportunity to share the US experience in implementing outreach as innovative leadership initiative designed to empower pediatric care on a state level.

Workshop Timeline: : Introduction: A didactic slideshow to introduce faculty and discuss the agenda (15 min)
Interactive sessions: 3 sessions, 60 min (15 min, 15 min and 30 min)

Session 1 will address key points for a successful outreach program including; team composition and training, program goals, funding and define a successful program

Session 2 will discuss adaptation strategies of the preexisting program:
I. Consulting with the state content experts for early guidance and fine adjustment
II. Benefitting from the established neonatology program
III. Team composition and program goals
IV. Funding
V. Research projects

Session 3: six rotating stations (30 min, 5 min each). Participants will have the opportunity to rotate through the stations of their choice to utilize the expertise of the panel on a variety of relevant topics:
Station 1 : Traveling with equipment
Station 2: Coordinating an outreach program – nuts and bolts
Station 3: Potential funding and establishing leadership buy-in
Station 4 : Scholarship opportunities
Station 5 : Considerations when designing the education content
Station 6: Train the trainer programs – why is this important and how do I find one?

Final summary and questions

Bobbi J. Byrne, MD, FAAP

Director of Neonatal Outreach Simulation
Indiiana University Health Physicians


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Riad Lutfi, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Riley Hopsital For Chidlren at Indiana School of Medicine


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Kamal Abulebda, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Riley Children's Hospital, Indiana University School of Medicine

Erin has 10 years of experience in Pediatric Critical Care nursing currently works at IU Health LifeLine Critical Care Transport. She has been involved in outreach and pediatric education with LifeLine in addition to working on transport. Erin has been the coordinator and educator for the pediatric outreach program for Riley Hospital for Children PICU for three years. Erin has assisted collaboration between community EDS and Riley Hospital for Children to help improve the care of children in the state of Indiana through simulation and pediatric readiness.


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Liz A. Wetzel, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana


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Kellie Leeper, RT

Critical Care Transport Respiratory Therapist
LifeLine Critical Care Tranposrt at Indiana University Health


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Erin Montgomery, RN

Critical Care Transport Nurse
LifeLine Critical Care Transport at Indiana University Health


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Cindy Grande, RRT-NPS

Neonatal Simulation Educator
Indiana University Health Physicians


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Lisa Mayer, RN, BSN

Simulation Educator
Indiana University Health Physicians

Lisa Mayer, RN is a simulation educator for the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Riley Hospital for Children of Indiana University Health. She coordinates simulation curriculum for pediatric residents and neonatology fellows. Additionally, Lisa serves as an outreach educator taking simulated medical sessions to community hospitals throughout the state of Indiana. She is also Associate Director of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program for the Division of Neonatology.


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