Editors: Melissa G. Cossey, MD, FAAP, and Lauren K. Gambill, MD, MPA, FAAP
This educational guide provides a much-needed subspeciality-specific learning resource for pediatric hospital medicine. Featuring 50 of the most commonly presenting topics encountered by pediatric hospitalists, this book brings readers into the morning meeting and walks them through patient presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and resolution, providing realistic examples in an engaging case-based format.
This book is designed to supplement the educational experience of trainees during their inpatient pediatrics rotation, and its versatility allows it to be used as an educational guide to lead learning sessions or as an individual resource or study guide.
Each chapter dives into an individual case that is titled with a fictitious patient name, often related to the case topic, which provides a helpful memory tool for learners. Each case includes a Documentation Tips section, designed to ensure accurate and clear communication across the interdisciplinary team that cares for hospitalized children, as well as Clinical Pearls summarizing the main chapter take-aways.
Back to Basics boxes are included in cases as needed, to serve as a refresher of examination techniques, laboratory test result analysis, or other foundational information related to the cases.
In addition, Health Equity Focus boxes related to social determinants of health are featured throughout the book to help clinicians recognize and address potential inequities in care.
Melissa Cossey, MD, FAAP
Melissa Cossey, MD, FAAP is a proud Austinite and mom to Elliot and Emily. She is a pediatric hospitalist at Dell Children’s Medical Center and serves as the associate chief medical officer of the Dell Children’s North Campus. Dr Cossey is an associate professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, has completed a fellowship in medical education, and is the educational director of the pediatric, transitional year, family medicine, and psychiatry residents’ pediatric hospital medicine rotations. While practicing and teaching at University of Texas Southwestern, Dr Cossey identified the need for a defined pediatric hospital medicine residency curriculum and began her work of building a library of relevant pediatric hospital medicine articles from which she would instruct the residents and students. Upon joining as faculty in Austin, she discovered that the same educational need was present, and her role in curriculum development was expanded and formalized. Recently, she and Dr Gambill have designed and implemented a rotation that prepares 4th year medical students for their upcoming pediatric residency. Dr Cossey has led many hospital-based quality improvement initiatives, enjoys creating patient educational materials, and was recently honored as a Dell Medical School “Patient Safety Teaching Champion.”
Lauren Gambill, MD, MPA, FAAP
Lauren Gambill, MD, MPA, FAAP spends her time caring for hospitalized kids, fighting for health equity through better policy, writing, and parenting two incredible humans, Nylah and Idrees. She is a pediatric hospitalist at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics. She attended medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, completed pediatrics residency at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, and obtained her Master of Public Affairs at the University of California Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She is the associate program director for The University of Texas Dell Medical School pediatric hospital medicine fellowship and leads advocacy education for the Department of Pediatrics. She is passionate about advocacy, policy, and equity in healthcare. She also loves writing and narrative medicine.
[REVIEWER'S EXPERT OPINION]
"The book is written with pediatric interns in mind, but is relevant to anyone participating in inpatient pediatric practice, including medical students on clerkship, family medicine residents, pediatric hospital medicine fellows, and pediatric hospitalist attendings looking to inspire their team or feel connected to the broader community's approach to common problems. The authors do an especially nice job of fleshing out the clinical reasoning that advanced clinicians may forget to share with trainees. Still, even seasoned faculty members can learn from each case, gaining the most precise and evidence-based approaches to common problems.
The case vignettes are divided as they would present and unfold in real life, enabling readers to check their own reasoning against the discussion points.
The evidence and clinical reasoning present a great balance of pragmatic yet evidence-based care, while infusing some of the more advanced and less executed approaches. The layout of each case is well done, and the bullet points of the discussion make the evidence easy to absorb. The featured boxes for clinical pearls, health equity focus, and documentation tips are truly aspirational, uniquely represented within the case discussions, yet clearly marked, rather than presented as an afterthought for optional reading. Each member of the team will benefit from these features.
As a simulationist, this book resonated with me as experiential learning. It offers more clinical reasoning and evidence than some of the question bank-style, case-based learning common in training, without committing readers to a journal article. It will be most useful to approach the cases individually, rather than trying to read the entire book cover to cover. In self-study or a settled team, readers can focus on a case per week for rich learning or use the cases to supplement when the inpatient service scope is limited."
Bridget M. Wild, MD, NorthShore University HealthSystem
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