Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) is an emerging field in pediatrics and one that has experienced immense growth and maturation in a short period of time. Evolution and rapid expansion of the field invigorated the goal of standardizing PHM fellowship curricula, which naturally aligned with the field’s evolving pursuit of a defined identity and consideration of certification options. The national group of PHM fellowship program directors sought to establish curricular standards that would more accurately reflect the competencies needed to practice pediatric hospital medicine and meet future board certification needs. In this manuscript, we describe the method by which we reached consensus on a 2-year curricular framework for PHM fellowship programs, detail the current model for this framework, and provide examples of how this curricular framework may be applied to meet the needs of a variety of fellows and fellowship programs. The 2-year PHM fellowship curricular framework was developed over a number of years through an iterative process and with the input of PHM fellowship program directors (PDs), PHM fellowship graduates, PHM leaders, pediatric hospitalists practicing in a variety of clinical settings, and other educators outside the field. We have developed a curricular framework for PHM Fellowships that consists of 8 education units (defined as 4 weeks each) in 3 areas: clinical care, systems and scholarship, and individualized curriculum.
Development of a Curricular Framework for Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowships
POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Dr Chase was named Medical Editor for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Subboard of the American Board of Pediatrics in March 2017 and will receive an honorarium in that role. Part of her work with the subboard is development of Entrustable Professional Activities that are relevant to PHM fellowships; the other authors have indicated they have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The authors have indicated they have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.
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Karen E. Jerardi, Erin Fisher, Caroline Rassbach, Jennifer Maniscalco, Rebecca Blankenburg, Lindsay Chase, Neha Shah, on behalf of the Council of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Directors; Development of a Curricular Framework for Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowships. Pediatrics July 2017; 140 (1): e20170698. 10.1542/peds.2017-0698
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