Curriculum

Advan​cing Pediatric Educator E​​xcellence (APEX) Teaching Program​​​​

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Curriculum


​​​​“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 Graduate
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Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goals

  • To provide training in evidence-based clinical teaching strategies to improve daily teaching in practice
  • To introduce 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 safe opportunities to engage in deliberate practice of educational skills
  • To create a national cohort of educators with senior mentorship
  • To improve clinical teaching effectiveness and efficiency through a “train-the-trainer” model
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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 educators nationally
  • Implement clinical teaching for others at their home institution

Program Content

  • Anchored each year at the national Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) or Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) conference
  • Blended learning model that includes face-to-face learning at two sequential half-day pre-conference workshops, 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, including PHM, PAS, COMSEP, APPD, and others
  • APEX Steering Committee will review and designate qualifying workshops at other national meetings; however, adequate opportunities are available to complete all 3 electives in Year 1 of either the PHM or PAS conference

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