Samantha Boggs

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Sam Boggs received her MD from McMaster University. She then completed residency training in Pediatrics as well as a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Ottawa. After finishing her PICU training, Dr. Boggs completed a fellowship in Medical Education/Simulation at the Department of Innovation in Medical Education and is now completing a Master’s in Education through the University of Ottawa.

She is passionate about both simulation education and translational simulation.
She is interested in using simulation as a tool to spot and solve important problems with the goal of improving system level processes, patient safety, and team function. Related to her broader system level focus, Dr. Boggs is also curious about ways to improve the efficiency and quality of care for acutely unwell children within and beyond critical care settings.

She is currently leading a research program that aims to develop and evaluate virtual simulation games as a new tool to teach healthcare providers and laypeople the key knowledge and skills need to manage common pediatric emergencies. She is also engaged in research evaluating the clinical trajectory of patients who have had PICU consults in the emergency department to better understand opportunities for improvement.

Research Projects

  1. Decontaminating N95 and SN95 masks with ultraviolet germicidal irradiation does not impair mask efficacy and safety.


    To help inform FFR-reuse policies and procedures, our team has conducted three systematic reviews to synthesize existing published data regarding the effectiveness of UVGI, heat, microwave irradiation, and chemical disinfectants for N95 FFR decontamination.

  2. Neonatal ethics teaching program-scenario-oriented learning in ethics: announcing the diagnosis of trisomy 21


    The pilot workshop was completed by 21 postgraduate trainees from the University of Ottawa. Qualitative evaluations were overwhelmingly positive, with feedback indicating high levels of perceived usefulness for the workshop.