"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 Advancing Pediatric Educator eXcellence (APEX) teaching program?
APEX is a unique, longitudinal national program, co-sponsored by the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM) and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and endorsed by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Pediatric Committee. The program offers learning opportunities that are highly interactive and foster an ongoing exchange of ideas and best practices. Participants learn educational theory and specific skills they will apply at their home institution with direct observation of teaching by a local mentor. Under the guidance of expert faculty, they will also build a cohort of educators from institutions across the country and together develop educational workshops for national presentation. Previous cohorts have had over a dozen workshops accepted at national meetings, including the annual Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) conference.
Who should apply?
Ideal participants are pediatric hospitalists who are seeking to advance their clinical teaching skills through a process of reflection, exposure to new ideas, discussion, and practice. Though well suited to junior hospitalists, many senior hospitalists will find the program equally advantageous as they evolve their teaching skills for the next generation of learners. For added diversity, applications are welcomed from Advanced Practice Providers who specialize in hospital care.
When is the program?
The program is anchored by sequential PHM conferences, featuring in Year 1, a half-day pre-conference workshop before the PHM and a one-hour wrap-up session on the last day of PHM, followed by in Year 2, a half-day pre-conference workshop before the PHM and a graduation event later that evening. In between these two workshops, learners will engage in online learning activities, participation in elective workshops, and clinical teaching observations designed to build on the concepts introduced during the face-to-face offering at the first PHM pre-conference.
Will I need to have a local mentor?
Yes, each applicant must either identify a local mentor, or request assistance via the application in finding an appropriate local mentor. Following acceptance to the program, the applicant is expected to meet with his/her mentor on a quarterly basis, either in person or via
phone/web-conference, to discuss progress towards meeting teaching goals. In addition, the mentor will observe and provide feedback for at least two of the applicant's teaching sessions. If necessary, teaching sessions can be video-recorded and shared with mentor at a later date.
How do I apply?
Applicants are accepted to APEX each February, and they are then provided with the necessary information and resources to officially begin the program with their cohort at the Year 1 pre-conference workshop at PHM.
Application materials are released during the late fall each year, with a due date of mid-January. See the APEX Applications webpage for more information: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Committees-Councils-Sections/Section-on-Hospital-Medicine/Pages/Applications.aspx
What is the cost?
The one-time tuition is $1,500 for members of the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine/APA, and $2,000 for non-members, and this fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Tuition covers both of the pre-conference workshops as well as all online learning opportunities. Participants are responsible for covering their own registration fees and travel expenses to PHM; attendance at PHM is required in Year 1, but in Year 2, participants need only be present for the pre-conference workshop, which is included in the APEX tuition.
Hospitalists are in a unique position to directly and consistently impact the learning of residents and students. In a 2009 national study, 94% of pediatric hospitalists reported that education of residents and/or students comprised some portion 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. Yet, as a career field without required fellowship training, many hospitalists do not receive formal training in clinical 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 or curriculum development).
The APEX teaching program was launched in 2014, in direct response to that needs assessment.
"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