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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​


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:
    • The Learning Environment
    • Effective Clinical Teaching
    • Giving Feedback
    • Working with Learners in Difficulty
    • Building a Career in Medical Education​
    • 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 a “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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Overview

Core Program

  • ​Anchored each year at the national Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) conference
  • Blended learning model that includes face-to-face learning at two sequential half-day pre-conference workshops at PHM, as well as quarterly assignments via the APEX online learning platform, participation in elective workshops, and clinical teaching observations by a local expert mentor.
  • Year 1 Content: 
    • The Learning Environment
    • Effective Clinical Teaching
    • Giving Feedback
  • Year 2 Content: 
    • Working with Learners in Difficulty
    • Building a Career in Medical Education
    • Teaching Scholarship: Cohort Workshop Development

​​Interval Curriculum

  • ​Online platform for sharing reflections, participating in facilitated discussions, and completing quarterly assignments
  • Two (2) onsite direct observations of teaching by a local mentor, as well as reflection and feedback after observations
  • If needed, APEX Steering Committee will assist participants with limited resources in finding appropriate mentors (inter-departmental or inter-institutional)


Elective Curriculum

  • Three (3) education-focused elective workshops selected from approved tracks at national conferences 
  • APEX Steering Committee will review and designate qualifying workshops at PHM, PAS, COMSEP, APPD, or other national meetings; however, adequate opportunities are available to complete all 3 electives in Year 1 of PHM attendance ​

​Learning Objectives

Upon their completion of the APEX teaching 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

Building career opportunities in medical education

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 significant and lasting relationships with pediatric hospitalist educator peers as well as nationally recognized PHM educator experts.

Implement clinical teaching for other pediatric hospitalists at their home institution.

  • Upon their completion of the APEX teaching 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
    • Building career opportunities in medical education
    • 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 significant and lasting relationships with pediatric hospitalist educator peers as well as nationally recognized PHM educator experts.
  • Implement clinical teaching for other pediatric hospitalists at their home institution.

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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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