Midwest Fellow Boot Camp

A full-day training event for Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows

Saturday, September 29
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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The Midwest Fellow Boot Camp brings together experienced pediatric anesthesiology physicians and fellows from across the Midwest for an exceptional one-day training event.

The event exposes trainees to multiple pediatric emergency simulation scenarios, and gives fellows numerous educational opportunities that may include regional anesthesia, difficult airway techniques, neuroaxial techniques, acupuncture and use of a standardized patient for difficult conversations.

Fellows and faculty from training programs across the Midwest and Canada are welcome to attend this rigorous educational experience!

The Midwest Fellow Boot Camp was established in 2017 in collaboration with faculty from the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, who run an established East Coast Fellow Boot Camp.

Tentative Schedule of Activities

Friday, September 28

  • Evening Welcome Event

Saturday, September 29

  • Morning: Simulations with debriefings and leadership topics, standardized patient scenarios (OSCE type)

  • Lunch: Case-based “Stump the Experts” interactive session

  • Afternoon: Skills stations, including but not limited to difficult airway, one-lung ventilation strategies, baby epidurals, CVL, PNS U/S using live child volunteers

Sunday, September 30

  • Morning Leadership & Professionalism Session (TBD, If there is interest from Boot Camp participants)


$185 per fellow
Cost includes Friday Welcome Event, Saturday continental breakfast, lunch, standardized patient, and simulation tech costs.


Lodging options via MCW corporate tax free rate, within 5 miles of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin:

Holiday Inn Express Milwaukee-West Medical Center - $99
To book at this rate:
Book online directly via this link (select “Groups and Events” and complete your reservation from there), or call the hotel at (414) 778-0333 and let them know you are looking for a reservation for the Midwest Fellow Boot Camp group block. Please reserve rooms no later than September 15.  

Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West – $105
To book at this rate: Book online directly via this link. Guests may also call (800) 333-3333 and ask for the Midwest Fellowship Boot Camp block. Please reserve rooms no later than September 15.

For Participating Programs

  • We need faculty volunteers! This event requires at least one faculty member to do sim or skills stations per every one to two fellow attendees. Faculty volunteers will receive a certificate and thank-you letter as invited faculty for a regional seminar (promotable educator activity); also, it’s a great way to form new regional friendships!

  • Do you know simulation techs? We are looking for 1-2 additional people and can pay stipend/expenses. Please email us.

  • All Boot Camp supplies and space is donated by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; we may (depending on group size) need additional sim babies or other portable “borrowables” from centers. This is essential to keeping costs down!

Contact / More Information

Midwest Fellow Boot Camp Organizer: Dr. Chelsea Willie, cwillie@mcw.edu or (414) 266-6755

Midwest Fellow Boot Camp Coordinator: Dee McDonald, dmcdonal@mcw.edu or (414) 266-6755

Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program Directors: Dr. Susan Staudt (sstaudt@mcw.edu) and Dr. Lindsey Loveland (lloveland@mcw.edu)