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“I enjoy the web-based, discussion-style format in which APEX educators are able to share ideas, reflect on experiences, and submit ideas. The faculty are prompt and insightful with their feedback, and I’m also able to learn from my peers.” – Mark Corden, APEX 2014 Educator Class

Overview ​
Program Goals and Objectives
Setting the Stage for Success
Effective Clinical Teaching
Giving Feedback
Working With Struggling Learners
Teaching Scholarship: Cohort Workshop Development​
Building a Career in Medical Education​​​: Advice from the Experts​

Overview

Core Program

  • Offered annually as a pre-conference at the PHM National Meeting
  • Hybrid model with half-day pre- conference in two consecutive years followed by a session on the last day of the conference in the 1st year
  • Content:
    • Introductions and expectations
    • Participant cohort development
    • Core curricular content
    • Setting the Stage for Success
    • Effective Clinical Teaching
    • ​Giving Feedback
    • Working with Struggling Learners
    • ​Teaching Scholarship:  Cohort Workshop Development 
    • Building a Career in Medical Education: Advice from the Experts

Interval Curriculum

  • Web-based platform ​“report back,” discussion groups, and quarterly assignments
  • Onsite direct observation by existing master educator chosen from local or regional colleagues
  • Reflection and feedback after observation
  • Core faculty will assist participants with limited resources in finding appropriate mentors (interdepartmental or interinstitutional)

Elective Curriculum

  • 3 workshops selected from approved workshops at national conferences 
  • Executive Committee will review and designate qualifying workshops at PAS, PHM, SHM and PEEAC¶, though adequate opportunities will exist at PHM alone​

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Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goals

  • To provide pediatric hospitalists with training in evidence-based clinical teaching strategies to improve daily teaching in practice
  • To introduce pediatric hospitalists to both basic and advanced educational approaches, with emphasis on:
    • Effective Clinical Teaching
    • Giving Feedback
    • Working with struggling learners
    • Bringing It Home:  Faculty Development at Your Program
    • Teaching Scholarship:  Cohort Workshop Development
  • To offer pediatric hospitalists safe opportunities to engage in deliberate practice of educational skills
  • To create a national cohort of pediatric hospitalist educators with senior mentorship​
  • To improve clinical teaching effectiveness and efficiency through the ”train the trainer model.”​

Program Objectives

By the end of the 2-year program, participants will be able to

  • Describe basic and advanced principles and strategies for clinical teaching, including: 
    • Creating an effective learning climate
    • Teaching effectively and efficiently on the fly
    • Giving effective feedback
    • Developing plans for working with struggling learners
    • Creating faculty development opportunities for teaching skills
    • Disseminating teaching skills training through national workshops
  • ​Demonstrate effective use of these strategies and principles in their own clinical teaching
  • Develop and implement teaching innovations in their own clinical practice
  • Share teaching innovations and ideas with their program cohort through web-based and onsite discussion
  • Establish relationships with other pediatric hospitalist educators nationally
  • Implement clinical teaching for other pediatric hospitalists at their home institution.

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Setting the Stage for Success

Goals

To develop a foundation of knowledge in educational theory that allows constructions of the skills and attitudes necessary for creating an optimal learning climate for teaching and learning.

Objectives

After completing the module, participants will be able to 
  1. Describe the principles of learning theory.
  2. List at least three topics to include during ward orientation.
  3. Describe at least three ways of enhancing the learning environment on rounds
  4. Go home and try something new!

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Effective Clinical Teaching

Goal

To review effective clinical teaching techniques and adapt them to time-limited settings.

Objectives

 After completing the module, participants will be able to
  1. List three characteristics of an effective clinical teacher.
  2. Describe an evidence-based model for teaching effectively while delivering patient care.
  3. Discuss innovative strategies for efficient bedside teaching in the modern clinical environment.

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Giving Feedback

Goal

To construct the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for providing effective feedback in the teaching/learning setting.

Objectives

At the end of the module, the learner will be able to
  1. Define and describe the elements that comprise several models for giving effective feedback to learners.
  2. Distinguish between the characteristics of effective versus ineffective feedback.
  3. Identify barriers to giving effective feedback.
  4. Identify problems associated with ineffective feedback.
  5. Apply principles of giving feedback to clinical teaching/learning scenario.

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Working With Struggling Learners

Goal

To define frameworks and resources that front-line educators can use when they want to enhance learner’s clinical reasoning, professionalism, and interpersonal communications skills.

Objectives

​After completing the module, participants will be able to
  1. Practice using tools and meta-cognitive strategies for addressing problems with clinical reasoning.
  2. Apply principles of behavior change theory, deliberate practice, and reflection in exercises to promote and remediate professionalism.
  3. Expand skills for helping learners enhance communication with families and health providers.
  4. List some common resources (individuals, groups, committees) that clinical educators might access for struggling learners and identify those resources at your home institution within the next 6 months.

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Teaching Scholarship: Cohort Workshop Development

Goal

To learn how to create and successfully run an interactive, memorable workshop.

Objectives

After completing the module, participants will be able to
  1. Describe the characteristics of an effective workshop.
  2. List at least two methods to facilitate active learning.
  3. Design a workshop lesson plan.​

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Building a Career in Medical Education: Advice from the Experts

Goal

To mentor participants in methods for creating a career niche as educators.

Objectives

​After completing the module, participants will be able to
  1. Describe various opportunities for advancement in medical education.
  2. List personal needs for developing a career in education.
  3. Identify resources both locally and nationally to help them develop as educators.

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