Sentinel Articles

Compiled by Molly Rideout, MD


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Welcome to Peds Boot Camp!

We are excited to meet you all, learn where you will be heading for residency and share with you some of our experiences.

The boot camp will start on February 28th at 09:00 in person in the GME conference room on Ocean 7 at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

We hope you are as excited as we are to start this course.  We have an amazing group of instructors who are excited to teach and be a resource for you.  We want to reiterate, that the course is intended to be as interactive and hand-on as possible with the aim of exposing you to high yield situations that you will experience in residency.  We will be asking for your enthusiasm and participation in the sessions and will welcome your feedback throughout the course.

The schedule is included below. While the days will be packed with material, there is a good chance that we will be ending early on some days.  A few tips below:

  • Simulation session will be at UW WISH (Monday 3/07)
  • We have set the schedule so that you may (remotely) attend noon conference each day.12:30-1:30P Resident and Student Conference (Monday through Friday):

    Meeting ID: 206 987 1834

    Password: uwpeds

    SCH Grand Rounds (Thursday ONLY)

    Webex meeting info is here.

  • You can find the Seattle Children’s Survival Guides at  here.

We look forward to meeting you all soon.


Bekah & Jesse


28-Feb 09:00-10:00 Check in/Orientation
10:00-11:15 Ear exam
11:15-12:30 Lung exam
1:30-3:00 Newborn exam
3:00-4:30 Neuro exam
01-Mar 9:00-9:45 Self reflection
9:45-12:30 Mock Rounds
1:30-3:00 Answering Pages
3:00-4:30 Handoffs
02-Mar 9:00-9:30 Self reflection
9:30-11:30 IZ Spiel
1:30-4:30 Parental Questions 101
03-Mar 9:00-9:30 Self reflection
9:30-12:00 Bugs and Drugs
1:30-4:30 Conversation with teens
04-Mar 9:00-9:30 Self-Reflection
9:30-11:00 LP/Informed Consent
11:00–12:30 Trauma
1:30-4:30 POCUS/Splinting/UAC/UVC
07-Mar 9:00-12:00 Airway Simulations
01:00-4:00 Resuscitation Simulations
08-Mar 9:00-10:00 Resiliency
10:00-11:00 Prescription Writing
11:00-12:30 Pain Management
1:30-4:30 Palliative Care
09-Mar 9:00-09:30 Self-Reflection
09:30-11:30 Calling Consultants
11:30-12:30 Nutrition
1:30-3:30 Difficult Conversations
3:30-4:30 Ortho/Derm Jeopardy
10-Mar 9:00-9:30 Self reflection
9:30-10:30 Simulation
10:30-12:30 Case discussion
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Residents as teachers
3:00-4:30 Environmental pediatrics
11-Mar 9:00-9:30 Self reflection
9:30-10:30 Simulation
10:30-12:30 Case discussion
1:30-2:30 Lecture
2:30-3:30 Case discussion
3:30-4:00 Wrap up



Day 1

Today we will be getting to know one another and learning tips for different pieces of the pediatric physical exam.


28-Feb 09:00-10:00 Check in with Sara Fear/Orientation
10:00-10:30 General Approach to the Physical Exam


Lung exam

Ear Exam

1:30-3:00 Newborn exam
3:00-4:30 Neuro exam

Pre-reading: None


  1. AAP otitis media guidelines
  2. SNAPSHOTS_Developmental_Milestones_Chart_UPDATED_Aug_2014

Day 2

Internship (and the rest of life) is stressful. We will start the morning with some time exploring reflection as one tool for wellness and learning.

For the remainder of the day we will be focusing on clinical reasoning, organization and communication skills necessary for life on the wards: developing assessments and plans, figuring out how to create and prioritize a to-do list, answering pages and giving handoffs. It will be a packed day, just like a day in the life of an intern!

We will be meeting at the Sand Point Learning Center- Magnolia Room


01-Mar 9:00-9:45 Self reflection
9:45-12:30 Mock rounds
1:30-3:00 Answering pages
3:00-4:30 Handoffs


  1. Collaboration between hospital physicians and nurses: An integrated literature review” by Tang C
  2. Why doesn’t medical care get better when doctors rest more?” by Lisa Rosenbaum from the New Yorker
  3. When patient handoffs go terribly wrong” by Pauline Chen from the New York Times
  4. Patient handoffs: Pediatric resident experiences and lessons learned” by McSweeney M

Watch the brief videos below and reflect on the where communication went well and where there was opportunity for improvement. (Yes, the acting is Oscar worthy.)

  1. Admission- Poor
  2. Admission- Better
  3. Page- Poor
  4. Page- Better
  5. Transfer- Poor
  6. Transfer- Better


  1. Cases for class
  2. 2022 Pediatric Boot Camp poems prompts
  3. PediatricBootCampHandout2022
  4. Reflection Handout2021


Day 3

The morning will be spent talking about the “controversies” around vaccines and discussing how to talk about them with skeptical and concerned  parents. 

In the afternoon you will get the chance to hear the experts talk about all the advice you will soon be expected to share with parents.  Get ready to answer questions such as, “Should I sleep train my baby?”, “When and how do I toilet train?”, “Should I give my baby peanut butter?” and “What should I do about discipline?”  You will have the chance to discuss resources and recommendations that you have found…from Professional Society Guidelines to random weird websites.

We will be meeting at the Sand Point Learning Center- Magnolia Room


18-Mar 9:00-9:30 Self reflection
9:30-11:30 IZ Spiel
1:30-4:30 Parent questions 101

Handouts for class:

Immunization cases

Guide to contraindications and precautions for immunizations

Responding to VHPs

Opel article




  1. Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children” by Andrew Wakefield, the now retracted article that started a campaign of misinformation.
  2. The very brief retraction published 12 years later by the Lancet.

In preparation for tomorrow’s immunization session, please research your assigned topic and prepare to share what you found with everyone.  Everyone will have about 7 minutes to share.  Also, come with the craziest thing you read on the internet about vaccines.  🙂

John and Tilden: Canadian vaccine schedule

Pearl and Taryn: European vaccine schedule

Madelyn and Hannah: Dr. Bob Sears Schedule

Lorin and Karina: Dr. Paul Thomas Schedule

Anika and Samuel: Stefan Lanka theories

Sairan and Garett: Natural or homeopathic vaccine alternatives

For the Parent Questions 101 session:

  1. Students will pair up to research a common pediatric question. Please evaluate at least 3 sources for advice. At least one should be a reputable source. 🙂
  2. Review normal pediatric milestones on the CDC site.
  • Breast Feeding/Feeding (starting solids, transitioning, introduction of different foods, allergies): Garrett, Pearl, Lorin
  • Sleep (co-sleeping, sleep training, night terrors): Taryn, Hank, Maddie
  • Discipline/Behavioral Concerns (when to start, time outs, spanking, positive parenting): Karina, Anika, Sam
  • Toilet Training (expectations, signs of readiness, different approaches): Sairan, Hannah, Tilden

Vaccine resources:

  1. Opal article
  2. Immunization Case and Handout for class
  3. Resources for responding to IZ questions
  4. Guide to Contraindications and Precautions


  1. Vaccine Refusal, Mandatory Immunization, and the Risks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases” by S Omer.
  2. Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Vaccines Cause Allergic or Autoimmune Diseases?” by P Offit.
  3. Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Vaccines Contain Harmful Preservatives, Adjuvants, Additives, or Residuals?” by P Offit.

Day 4

We will spend the morning thinking about bugs and the drugs that kill them. 

In the afternoon, we will hear about talking with teenagers and practice some of the questions and conversations that will be important in their care.

We will be meeting at the SPLC-Fremont Room for the day.


9:00-9:30 SPLC Self reflection
9:30-12:30  SPLC Bugs and Drugs/Labs
1:30-4:30 SPLC Conversations with Teens


Bugs and Drugs:

  1. Cases handout- for class
  2. Cases with answer


Consent laws be state– sexual and mental health

Consent laws by state– consent to sex

Handouts for class:

Adolescent Patient 1

Adolescent Patient 2

Day 5

Today, we will spend the morning discussing the elements of informed consent in the context of practicing lumbar punctures and discussing trauma.

In afternoon, we will rotate between 3 stations practicing point of care ultrasound (POCUS), splinting, and umbilical arterial and venous catheter placement.

We will be meeting at the Sand Point Learning Center- Magnolia Room

04-Mar SPLC-Magnolia 09:00-09:30 Self Reflection
SPLC-Magnolia 09:30-11:00 LP/Informed Consent
SPLC-Magnolia 11:00-12:30 Trauma
SPLC-Magnolia 1:30-4:30 POCUS/Splinting/UAC-UVC


Lumbar puncture: Indications, contraindications, technique, and complications in children, UpToDate.

Fitch MT, Nicks BA, Pariyadath M, McGinnis HD, Manthey DE. Videos in Clinical Medicine: Basic Splinting Techniques N Engl J Med 2008; 359:e32
Thomsen TW, Barclay DA, Setnik GS. Videos in Clinical Medicine: Basic Laceration Repair. N Engl J Med 2006; 355:e18.

Use your SonoSim login to complete the following modules: 1) Core Clinical: Fundamentals of Ultrasound 2) Procedures- Peripheral Venous Access


Today is all about pediatric resuscitation including what you as an intern can do in the first few minutes of a code to save a life!

We will be meeting at the UW WISH Center.


9:00-12:00 UW WISH Airway Simulations
1:00-4:00 UW WISH Resuscitation Simulations


  1. Go to .  Under the Pediatric Airway tab there are 3 open resource educational modules from CHOP on the following topics:
        1. – Basic Airway Anatomy and Assessment- feel free to skip Objective 4
        2. – Manual (Bag-Mask) Ventilation
        3. – Endotracheal Intubation- Feel free to skip Objectives 7-10

2. Go to  Watch until minute 15:40


  1. Pediatric airway management” by Santillanes G.

Day 7

The morning will be spent learning about how to develop resiliency to buoy you through the harder times of residency. We will take a slight detour to practice prescription writing and discuss options for pain management. In the afternoon we will be honing our communication skills to think about palliative care discussions.

We will be meeting at the Sand Point Learning Center- Magnolia Room


23-Mar 9:00-10:00 Resilience
10:00-11:00 Prescription Writing
11:00-12:30 Pain
1:30-4:30 Palliative Care


  1. The darkening veil of ‘do everything’” by Fuedtner C.
  2. Responding to Emotion” tool kit from vitalTALK


Blank Prescriptions

Pain cases and problems

Palliative Care Cases


The 7 Questions-Peds