Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine Subcommittee of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) educators created a task force to develop a resident-focused PHM curriculum. In this issue of Hospital Pediatrics, Patel et al present their findings from a needs assessment survey that was undertaken as part of the work of their task force. The authors surveyed practicing pediatric hospitalists, PHM fellowship program directors, and graduating PHM fellows to understand what skills and experiences were most needed during residency to become a hospitalist. The majority of the 200 respondents were not fellowship trained, and most worked in a free-standing children’s hospital (FCH). The top 3 clinical electives they recommended for completion during residency included complex care, surgical comanagement, and pain management. They noted that nonclinical experiences should include quality improvement, teaching skills and research methodology. What is noteworthy of the respondents is that only 4% identified...

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