Interprofessional Education Simulation Program

Valley Children's Interprofessional Education SealIn 2015, Valley Children’s launched the Interprofessional Education Simulation Program. The program includes all members of our pediatric healthcare team, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, respiratory care practitioners and others. Its structure was developed by an Interprofessional Steering Committee of leaders in administration, medical and nursing education and information technology.

The program is grounded in Benner’s Novice to Expert Theory and incorporates Standards of Best Practice as promulgated by The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

Program leaders have presented at national and international conferences sponsored by The California Simulation Alliance, INACSL, Society for Simulation in Healthcare and The International Pediatric Simulation Society.

About the Simulation Program

Medical teams face all kinds of situations, and their skills and practices need to be ready at all times. Skills are developed through hands-on experience which happens in a simulated learning environment.

Valley Children’s Interprofessional Education Simulation Program uses high fidelity mannequins and task trainers to simulate common medical procedures, complex medical conditions and life-threatening emergencies, even the rarest of possibilities. This allows our teams to gain experience and have a learning curve on our mannequins, not someone’s child.

Evidence proves that this high-fidelity simulation gives us better patient outcomes, and our numerous awards and accolades prove as much. 

Our Vision 

Become a nationally recognized leader and partner in innovative pediatric interprofessional simulation.

Our Mission

Improve patient safety and clinical outcomes through collaborative, interprofessional education by using a diverse and dynamic simulation environment. 

Our Commitment to Effective Simulation

  • Hands-on learning to meet staff needs, build genuine relationships, and provide thought-provoking learning.
  • A safe place to grow. We provide for physical, psychological and professional safety.
  • We treat simulations as actual patient encounters.
  • Scenarios reviewed by content experts to ensure best practices are promoted.
  • Practice evidence taken from peer reviewed research and experts in the field.
  • Trained facilitators lead debriefs to find gaps in training or practice and guide participants to improve care.
  • Develop new programs to improve care.          

Contact Us

Kim Bilskey, Clinical Education Specialist, Simulation Coordinator
kbilskey@valleychildrens.org             


Tara Lemoine, DO, Medical Simulation Director, Pediatric Intensivist
tlemoine@valleychildrens.org