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Education & Curriculum

With the exception of the community hospital medicine rotation, all fellowship training occurs at Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, a 25-bed pediatric unit, 10-bed PICU, 36-bed NICU, Neonatal Therapeutic Unit and Child Advocacy Center. Our hospital inservice is busy and growing, with approximately 1,700 inpatient admissions, 650 PICU admissions, 1,000 transport requests, 650 NICU admissions, 2,600 deliveries and 11,000 pediatric emergency department visits annually.  

Our rotation curriculum is based on the ACGME fellowship program requirements (⅓ Core, ⅓ Scholarly Activity, ⅓ Individualized Curriculum) with our overall goal being to prepare the fellow for excellence in clinical care, medical education, quality improvement, research, and advocacy.  We foresee our fellows being on the cutting edge of generating new knowledge and scholarship in research, practice management, patient outcomes, patient safety and quality improvement.

Our didactic curriculum is provided during protected time and covers all the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications for hospital medicine.

We utilize a 2-week block schedule with a total of 26 blocks per year. We schedule easier blocks in July/August/September to allow you time to study for your boards. We offer customized and flexible training by allowing fellows to identify experiences that match their academic and career interests with a focus on progressive clinical autonomy.

Core Curriculum | 16 blocks

The core curriculum of the PHM Fellowship consists of required rotations in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Nursery, and Sedation. In addition, we require one block of Anesthesia to be completed prior to sedation. Two blocks of Pediatric Hospital Medicine will be completed during the fellow’s second-year at our community site, Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Our hospital medicine team consists of medical students as well as residents from pediatrics, family medicine and medicine-pediatrics. During the winter months, we utilize a second team of pediatric residents to maximize patient care. 

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

10 blocks 

Pediatric Community Hospital Medicine (Holzer) - 2nd year

2 blocks

Nursery

1-2 blocks    

Anesthesia (to be completed before Sedation)

1 block

Sedation

1-2 blocks


Individualized Curriculum (IC) | 16 blocks

We offer a wide variety of electives with the option to make your own based on your interests and career goals. 

In addition, Marshall University has programs in MPH, biomedical research, clinical and translational sciences, and healthcare administration, which can be incorporated into the individualized curriculum. Learners have also completed the Master of Education in the Health Professions online through Johns Hopkins University. 

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anesthesia (in addition to 1 block of core required prior to sedation)
  • Cardiology
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine – POC Ultrasound
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease  
  • Neurology
  • NICU/Delivery Room
  • NICU Follow-up Clinic (longitudinal)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry (Child/Adolescent)
  • PICU
  • Radiology
  • Sedation (in addition to 1-2 blocks of core requirements)
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

In addition, Marshall University has programs in MPH, biomedical research, clinical and translational sciences, and healthcare administration, which can be incorporated into the individualized curriculum. Learners have also completed the Master of Education in the Health Professions online through Johns Hopkins University.

*IC and SA rotations may be repeated multiple times depending on the individual fellow’s career trajectory and projects chosen. 

Scholarly Activity (SA) | 16 blocks

Fellows must complete at least one major scholarly project, but in reality, our fellows are involved in multiple scholarly projects during their two years here. Fellows receive great support from our leadership and clinical research coordinator to design and complete projects of interest, including but not limited to, Quality Improvement, Clinical Research and Medical Education. 

Fellows are encouraged and supported to participate and present in numerous local and national meetings. The program is passionate about learning and assists in further education and career development, providing opportunities such as IHI modules, LEAN Six Sigma training, access to various courses not provided at the institution (i.e. SPS Sedation Course) and the flexibility to pursue an advanced degrees.

  • SPS Sedation Course
  • National meeting attendance
    • Society of Hospital Medicine 
    • Pediatric Hospital Medicine 
    • PHM Fellows Conference 
    • PAS 
    • NCE
  • Local/national research presentation

*IC and SA rotations may be repeated multiple times depending on the individual fellow’s career trajectory and projects chosen. 

Individualized Curriculum & Scholarly Activity

  • Advocacy 
  • Business Administration 
  • Leadership (longitudinal)
  • Medical Education - Complete the Master Educator class available through institution
  • Quality Improvement Science – Take LEAN training and develop a LEAN project, complete IHI modules, attend hospital committee meetings (Performance Measure, CLABSI, Utilization Review), present QI research at a national meeting, publish QI research in a PMID journal
  • Patient Safety
  • Clinical and Translational Research – Apply for a grant, present a poster or oral presentation at a national conference, publish a case study or research/quality improvement manuscript in PMID journal

*IC and SA rotations may be repeated multiple times depending on the individual fellow’s career trajectory and projects chosen. 

 Sample Schedule

Block

Date

Rotation

1

7/6-7/19

ID

2

7/20-8/2

Advocacy

3

8/3-8/16

PICU

4

8/17-8/30

Anesthesia

5

8/31-9/13

Hospital Service

6

9/14-9/27

Leadership

7

9/28-10/11

Reading

8

10/12-10/25

QI

9

10/26-11/8

Sedation

10

11/9-11/15

Business Admin

10.5

11/16-11/22

Hospital Service

11

11/23-11/29

Business Admin

11.5

11/30-12/6

Hospital Service

12

12/7-12/13

CAC

12.5

12/14-12/20

Hospital Service

13

12/21-12/25

13.5

12/28-1/3

CAC

14

1/4-1/17

EM

15

1/18-1/31

Palliative

16

2/1-2/14

Nursery

17

2/15-2/28

NICU/Delivery Room

18

3/1-3/14

Hospital Service

19

3/15-3/28

Radiology

20

3/29-4/11

Sports Med

21

4/12-4/25

Hospital Service/PICU

22

4/26-5/9

National Meeting Attendance 

23

5/10-5/23

SPS Conference/Sedation

24

5/24-6/6

QI

25

6/7-6/20

Hospital Service

26

6/21-7/4

Psychiatry

Does not include 3 weeks of vacation and 1 week of CME.

Didactics

Your learning is our passion and priority. We have a structured educational curriculum that covers the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications. 

  • Fellow-specific lecture series based on the PHM Content Outline, given by the hospitalist section - protected didactic time weekly on Thursdays from 12-2pm
  • Weekly Grand Rounds
  • Morning Report
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Optional attendance for Resident lecture series Tuesdays from 12-3 as well; great for board prep!
  • Monthly Faculty Review - “Tell me something I don’t know”
  • Journal Club
  • Case Presentations
  • IHI Modules
  • Lean Six Sigma Training