Evaluation of a National Pediatric Subinternship Curriculum Implemented Through Individual Learning Plans

Linda R. Tewksbury, Cristina Carter, Lyuba Konopasek, Sandra M. Sanguino, Janice L. Hanson

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Objective: The Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics and Association of Pediatric Program Directors developed a Pediatric Subinternship (CAPS) curriculum for use with an individualized learning plan (ILP). The authors determined which learning objectives (LOs) pediatric subinterns selected when provided the CAPS curriculum, summarized students’ self-reported progress, and determined feasibility of ILPs in subinternship. Methods: Students from 10 medical schools completed a standardized ILP during pediatric subinternship. Students listed ≥3 LOs using CAPS curriculum as a guide and self-assessed their progress. Students reviewed ILPs with faculty preceptors; preceptors completed questionnaires on time and effort spent. Authors mapped student LOs to CAPS curriculum objectives and grouped in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competency domains. Results: Two hundred four students documented 850 LOs. Authors mapped student LOs to 61 of the 69 CAPS objectives (88%). Students most commonly chose Patient Care LOs, with the top 3 related to oral presentations, time management, and management plans. Student LOs not in CAPS addressed nutrition, child development, test interpretation, and cost. No students chose LOs related to health disparities, shared decision making, informed consent, or patient safety. Students self-reported significant progress on most LOs (73%). Faculty met with students ≥1 time and 93% met for a total of ≤1 hour. According to faculty, students required little or no help completing ILPs. Conclusions: Students chose a wide range of LOs when provided the CAPS curriculum. Revision to include additional student-identified LOs would enhance CAPS curriculum's comprehensiveness. Using this curriculum with an ILP during subinternship is feasible, but gaps between educator-identified and student-identified objectives require further exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic Pediatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2018


  • individualized learning plan
  • learning objectives
  • medical education
  • subinternship


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