NEST Program

Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program


To improve neonatal outcomes through advanced technology-enhanced training and simulation research.


To provide international leadership in neonatal education, simulation-based training and scholarship.

Specific Aims

  • Improve neonatal outcomes through individual and interprofessional education
  • Leverage emerging technologies for simulation-based training and research
  • Define optimal processes for neonatal resuscitation
  • Investigate methods to enhance the acquisition and retention of technical and behavioral skills
  • Promote educational scholarship in the next generation of neonatal care providers

Current Projects

  • Boot camps for neonatology fellows and pediatric residents
  • Advanced neonatal resuscitation education
  • Neonatal procedural skills training and retention
  • Video laryngoscopy for neonatal intubation training
  • Team training to optimize neonatal care
  • Integration of kinesthetic technology into simulation-based education
  • Use of immersive learning to enhance educational and clinical outcomes
  • Outreach education to support regional neonatal care

NEST Program Faculty:

Taylor Sawyer DO, MEd
NEST Program Director

Tom Strandjord, MD
Director of Clinical Integration

Rachel Umoren, MD, MS
Director of Immersive Learning

Megan Gray, MD
Director of Kinesthetic Learning

Sarah Korkowski
Director of Neonatal Outreach

NEST Program Faculty Publications

Sawyer T, Sierocka-Castaneda A, Chan D, Berg B, Lustik M, Thompson M. Deliberate practice using simulation improves neonatal resuscitation performance. Simul Healthc. 2011 Dec;6(6):327-36.PMID: 21937960

Sawyer T, Sierocka-Castaneda A, Chan D, Berg B, Lustik M, Thompson M. The effectiveness of video-assisted debriefing versus oral debriefing alone at improving neonatal resuscitation performance: a randomized trial. Simul Healthc. 2012 Aug;7(4):213-21. PMID: 22673159

Sawyer T, Laubach VA, Hudak J, Yamamura K, Pocrnich A. Improvements in teamwork during neonatal resuscitation after interprofessional TeamSTEPPS training. Neonatal Netw. 2013 Jan-Feb;32(1):26-33. PMID: 23318204

Sawyer T, Deering S. Adaptation of the US Army's After-Action Review for simulation debriefing in healthcare. Simul Healthc. 2013 Dec;8(6):388-97. PMID: 24096913

Sawyer T, Strandjord T. Simulation-based Procedural Skills Maintenance Training for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Faculty. Cureus. 2014;6(4): e173. doi:10.7759/cureus.173

Umoren R, Stadler DJ, Gasior SL, Al-Sheikhly D, Truman B, Lowe C. Global Collaboration and Team-building Through 3D Virtual Environments. Innovations in Global Medical and Health Education 2014:1.

Braun L, Sawyer T, Smith K, Hsu A, Behrens M, Chan D, Hutchinson J, Lu D, Singh R, Reyes J, Lopreiato J. Retention of Pediatric Resuscitation Performance After a Simulation-Based Mastery Learning Session: A Multicenter Randomized Trial. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015 Feb;16(2):131-138. PMID: 25647122

Sawyer T, White M, Zaveri P, Chang T, Ades A, French H, Anderson J, Auerbach M, Johnston L, Kessler D. “Learn, See, Practice, Prove, Do, Maintain”: An Evidence-based Pedagogical Framework for Procedural Skill Training in Medicine. Acad Med. 2015. Aug;90(8):1025-33. PMID: 25881645

Lopreiato J, Sawyer T. Simulation-based Medical Education in Pediatrics. Acad Pediatr. 2015 Mar-Apr;15(2):134-42. PMID: 25748973

Sawyer T, Strandjord T, Johnson K, Low D. Neonatal Airway Simulators, How Good Are They? A Comparative Study of Physical and Functional Fidelity. J Perinatol. 2015. In press.

Sweigart L, Umoren RA, Scott P, Hodson-Carlton K , Jones J, Truman B, Gossett E, Powell M, McCabe H. Virtual learning environment TeamSTEPPS simulations produce teamwork attitude changes among health professional students. Journal of Nursing Education. 2015. In press


  • University of Washington Neonatal Bioresearch Fund (2014)


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