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"This program takes something that is very important to the role of the hospitalist and helps to provide guidance through learned experience and collaboration.  It is the 'how to' for pediatric hospital medicine teaching." - Katie Pestak, APEX 2014 Educator Class

What is the program?

The APEX Teaching Program will provide pediatric hospitalists with the knowledge and skills to become successful clinical educators. Through a unique longitudinal national model, anchored by  sequential Pediatric Hospital Medicine national meetings, participants will learn educational theory and specific skills that they will then apply at their home institution with direct observation by a local mentor. They will continue to engage with their cohort between national conferences through an asynchronous web-based curriculum to expand on the sessions on site.

Who should apply?

Ideal participants are pediatric hospitalist educators who are seeking to advance their clinical teaching skills through a process of reflection, reconceptualization and active experimentation. Though well suited to junior hospitalists, more senior hospitalists will find the program equally advantageous as they evolve their teaching skills for the next generation of learners.

When is the program?

The program is anchored at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine meetings each year. There will be a half day pre-conference  before the PHM and a wrap-up on the last day of the meeting. Participants will return the following year for final modules and a graduation dinner. There will be quarterly web-based sessions in the interim year.

What is the cost?

A one-time tuition is $1000 for AAP members, and $1500 for non-members. Tuition covers both pre-conferences.  Participants will also be responsible for registration to PHM, as well as travel.

Program Background


Hospitalists are in a unique position to directly and consistently impact the learning of residents and students. In a 2009 study, 94% of pediatric hospitalists nationally reported that education of residents and/or students was some part of their job. Prior studies of hospitalists as educators have demonstrated that by nature of their availability, clinical experience, and professional interests, they are expected to be educators and to have direct effect on medical trainees. Specifically, over 90% of pediatric residents in one study have worked with pediatric hospitalists and over ¾ indicate that hospitalists enhance education. Yet, as a career field without required fellowship training, most hospitalists do not get formal education in teaching skills.

The PHM Education Task Force was charged with developing "an educational plan supporting the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies and addressing hospitalist training needs, including the role as formal educators." A 2012 informal needs assessment of pediatric hospitalists' education​al training needs found that over 2/3 of respondents were less than ten years in practice, and a large majority was interested in teaching skills training (more than scholarship and curriculum development).

This program is a direct response to that needs assessment. It offers a longitudinal program that covers teaching skill development during two consecutive PHM national meeting  pre-conferences, asynchronous continued learning in the interim year,  direct observation of  teaching by local mentors, and creates a cohort of other educators with whom to engage throughout the year and beyond the program.​


"I think it is worth emphasizing how interactive the sessions are and how this program really brings like-minded folks together to share ideas." – Stephen Pishko APEX 2014 Educator Class

The APEX Teaching Program is co-sponsored by the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine and the Academic Pediatric Association and endorsed by the Society of Hospital Medicine Pediatric Committee.​

See more at: APEX Teaching Program​​