Continuing medical education is important not merely for the maintenance of certification but also for the ongoing growth and development of clinicians. This may be particularly relevant in the field of hospital medicine, where the median experience level is 3 years. Optimal methods of continuing education and clinical development have yet to be determined but learner‐centered approaches have a strong theoretical foundation and may be more effective than traditional large‐group sessions.
We describe a weekly peer‐ and practice‐based small‐group hospitalist conference, general inpatient morning pediatric intake (GIMPI), which aimed to facilitate the ongoing clinical education and development of a young group of academic hospitalist faculty. Each physician on service reviewed his or her census with group goals of (1) highlighting interesting or challenging cases, (2) improving understanding of practice variation, and (3) shared attention to the management of children with complex or chronic care needs.
Based on Kirkpatrick's 4‐level model of evaluation, we surveyed reactions to the conference. A one‐time e‐mail survey was sent to 20 former or current group members who had regularly participated in the conference for greater than 2‐3 months since its inception in 2005. A 5‐point Likert scale was used to assess agreement with statements pertaining to the educational value of the conference. Open comments were optional at the end of the survey. Nineteen of 20 hospitalists (95%) returned the survey. Of participants 84%‐100% agreed or strongly agreed with positive statements pertaining to the educational value of the conference. Additional comments supported the Likert scale responses, with suggestions for improvement aimed primarily at the mechanics, scope, and timing of the conference.
This peer‐ and practice‐based small‐group conference has been favorably received as an educational forum attending to the clinical development of a young cadre of academic pediatric hospitalists.
M. Shen, none; C. Chen, none.
To cite this abstract:Shen M, Chen C. Morning Intake for Grownups: A Report on Peer and Practice‐Based, Small Group Continuing Clinical Education. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2008, April 3-5, San Diego, Calif. Abstract 118. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2008; 3 (suppl 1). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/morning-intake-for-grownups-a-report-on-peer-and-practicebased-small-group-continuing-clinical-education/. Accessed September 17, 2019.