Peer Group Mentoring of Pediatric Hospitalists

1Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
2Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
3Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
4Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
5Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Meeting: Hospital Medicine 2009, May 14-17, Chicago, Ill.

Abstract number: 124


Pediatric hospital medicine is a rapidly growing field. The growth occurring at academic institutions reflects a rise in the number of pediatricians who are choosing careers in academic pediatric hospital medicine. As this number of junior faculty grows, so does the need for mentoring. In academic medicine, mentorship has resulted in increased productivity, grant funding, and job satisfaction. In the new and expanding field of hospital medicine, the pipeline is not well developed, resulting in a scarcity of mentors. Consequently, the traditional mentor dyad model may not suit this group. The challenge of meeting this great need led us to develop a peer mentoring program.


Through a peer‐group mentoring program aimed at physicians in hospital medicine, we hope to successfully promote the professional and personal development of our junior faculty.


Eleven experienced members of the section of hospital medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine were asked to participate as facilitators of peer mentoring groups. All invited agreed to participate. Faculty in this group had 3‐9 years of academic hospital medicine experience. Two training workshops were developed in which the facilitators actively learned team concepts, organizational techniques, personality profiles, communication skills, and group leadership. They developed a mission statement and envisioned goals for a successful group mentoring program. The 36 members of our section have been queried for voluntary participation in the program. They will be divided into 4 groups of a maximum of 9 members, including 2‐3 experienced hospitalists as facilitators. The section leader and senior faculty in the department will serve as resources. It is expected each group will meet monthly. The facilitator group will meet quarterly to review successes and challenges. Groups will be encouraged to use Web‐based technology to facilitate interactions. This concept will require the support and commitment of the division administration. Measures of success will include job satisfaction, retention, promotion, and productivity. The initial meetings of the mentor facilitators have resulted in an increased enthusiasm for the process and strengthening of mentor recognition of hospital medicine as a long term career path.


A peer‐group mentoring program may successfully and efficiently serve to enhance the productivity and job satisfaction of pediatric hospitalists.

Author Disclosure:

L. Moscoso, none; Y. Daud, none; K. Ross, none; M. Turmelle, none; A. Sharkey, none.

To cite this abstract:

Moscoso L, Daud Y, Ross K, Turmelle M, Sharkey A. Peer Group Mentoring of Pediatric Hospitalists. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2009, May 14-17, Chicago, Ill. Abstract 124. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2009; 4 (suppl 1). Accessed March 28, 2020.

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