SIM Courses

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgical Simulation Bootcamp

Background: In efforts to improve clinical outcomes, maximize patient safety, and optimize surgical skills training, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has implemented a surgical simulation curriculum for trainees rotating at Boston Children’s Hospital.
 Led by Drs. Donald Bae, Michael Glotzbecker, and Travis Matheney, the orthopaedic simulation curriculum provides rotating PGY-3 orthopaedic residents the opportunity to learn technical skills and to demonstrate competency and proficiency in fundamental pediatric orthopaedic procedures.

The current curriculum consists of:

1)  Didactic teaching material (peer-reviewed publications, powerpoint educational presentations, and technique videos) provided at the beginning of each clinical rotation

2)  Beginning of rotation “bootcamp,” in which trainees learn techniques related to fracture reduction, cast application and removal, arthroscopic knot tying, supracondylar humerus fracture pinning, and fixation of slipped capital femoral epiphysis

3)  Opportunities to practice skills in the main OR simulation suite

4)  End of rotation “final assessment,” in which trainees may demonstrate competency and proficiency, using objective standardized assessments of technical skills (OSATS)

5)  Ongoing research regarding the effect of simulation on value-based orthopaedic care

Format: 4 hours

Venue: Main OR Sim Suite (In-Situ)

Frequency: 4-6 times per year

Participants: Rotating PGY-3 orthopaedic surgery residents and medical students

Expertise Level: Novice- Intermediate

Course Leader: Donald S. Bae, MD


  • Online and 24/7 access to teaching material
  • Opportunities for self-directed practice
  • Iterative and summative feedback in real-time and through the use of video recordings
  • Assessments using OSATS which may be incorporated into ACGME Milestones assessments
  • Ongoing research into clinical results, patient safety, and cost-effectiveness


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