Development of a pediatric hospitalist curriculum to promote faculty development, teaching excellence, and evidence-based care

Kathryn A. Bucklen, Doug W. Carlson, Neha Shah, Cassandra Pruitt

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OBJECTIVE: The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies (PHMCC), published in 2010 serve as the foundation for development of pediatric hospital medicine curricula to standardize and improve inpatient pediatric training and practice. Here the authors describe development of a PHMCC-based curriculum for faculty development, improved teaching, and evidence-based care, and as the basis for scholarly projects.

METHODS: A 2-year repeating curriculum of 51 topics based on the PHMCC was designed, presented by hospitalists for division members at weekly division conferences, and recorded for asynchronous learning. Fourteen of those topics were created for online viewing only. Topic development included use of pertinent medical research, guidelines, and local experts. Presentations followed a standardized format and were reviewed by senior division members before delivery. Attendees evaluated all presentations.

RESULTS: Twenty live topics were presented. All talks received ratings of 4.3 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) on evaluation by attendees, and 70% of presentations were reported as likely to change practice by 80% or more of attendees. Opportunities for increased mentorship were realized. The division was recognized for its work through an invitation to present topics 4 times annually at a community-wide continuing medical education program and regional pediatric meetings, and proposals have been submitted for national meetings.

CONCLUSIONS: The PHMCC-based curriculum has led to increased opportunities for education, mentorship, and improvement in the quality of care by attendees. Other academic divisions may benefit from a curriculum to enhance professional development and standardize clinical care and teaching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalHospital Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Care standardization
  • Career development
  • Continuing medical education
  • Hospitalists as educators
  • Practicebased learning


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