Excellence in Communication and Emergency Leadership (ExCEL): Pediatric First 5 Minutes Workshop for Residents

Robyn Wing, Hoi See Tsao, Vanessa Toomey, Laura Mercurio, Marie Carillo, Linda L. Brown, Mariann Nocera Kelley

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Introduction: In-hospital pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest is associated with high morbidity and mortality, and appropriate initial management has been associated with improved clinical outcomes. Despite current training, pediatric residents often do not feel confident in their ability to deliver this initial management. This workshop focused on the initial management of critically ill pediatric patients and performance of high-quality CPR. Methods: This hands-on workshop utilized skill stations with low- and medium-fidelity simulators to instruct learners on initial management during the first 5 minutes of a code, including high-quality CPR. It was designed for residents across all levels of training who care for pediatric patients (including pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine residents) and can be adapted for different session durations and group sizes. Results: This workshop was conducted at two separate institutions with a total of 18 resident participants. Participants strongly agreed that this workshop was relevant and effective in teaching the initial assessment and management of the critical pediatric patient, including how to best perform high-quality CPR. Residents further reported high levels of confidence in initially assessing and managing a critically ill patient, describing the markers of high-quality CPR, and performing high-quality CPR. Discussion: This workshop provided residents with additional instruction and practice in the initial management of critically ill pediatric patients in cardiopulmonary arrest. The structure and timeline of this curriculum can be adapted to the needs of the individual institution's program and the number of workshop participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10980
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - Sep 25 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Clinical/Procedural Skills Training
  • Leadership
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Residents
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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