FROM THE PEDIATRICS COMMITTEE
CME, Pediatric Core Curriculum on the Horizon
Multiple initiatives keep committee active
The Pediatric Committee at SHM is both the center of pediatric activity within SHM and a clearinghouse for SHM committee and task force activity as it relates to pediatrics.
The major pediatric activity in SHM continues to be CME activities and the Pediatric Core Curriculum. The dramatic success of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting was documented in the October issue of The Hospitalist (p. 33.)
Evaluations of the meeting overwhelmingly favored staging a three- to four-day Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting on an annual basis during the late summer as a stand-alone meeting, with sponsorship rotating among SHM, the AAP, and the APA. There was insufficient lead time to offer a comprehensive meeting in 2006, but a meeting is scheduled for 2007 sponsored by AAP, with SHM taking the lead in 2008. More information to follow both in the SHM online discussion communities and through these committee reports.
The Pediatric Core Curriculum is nearly complete and should be at the review stage by early 2006. This curriculum is modeled after the adult core curriculum. It will serve as a framework for residency and fellowship directors, as well as a basis for the topics addressed at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meetings. Thanks to Tim Cornell, MD, Dan Rauch, MD, and all the authors and editors who have contributed to this work.
We will offer a full pediatric track in May at the SHM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., as we have in prior years. Registration is available online. Meetings of both the Pediatric Committee and the Pediatric Forum will be held during the meeting. This year’s meeting immediately precedes the PAS Meetings in San Francisco, and we encourage you to plan early so that at least one member of your program is able to attend the SHM Meeting. Once the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meetings are held on an annual basis, we will need to decide how to balance SHM meeting offerings between the summer stand-alone Denver meeting and the SHM Annual Meeting.
The second function of Pediatric Committee involves having pediatric representatives on the various SHM committees and task forces report on their individual group’s activities, particularly as it relates to pediatrics. This keeps the broader group of pediatric leadership within SHM informed about the society’s global picture. SHM is committed to having a pediatric representative on each committee. You never know when or where an important issue for pediatricians may arise. Even geriatrics overlaps with pediatrics with regard to both family-centered care and proxy decision-makers.
Major endeavors at this point include the activities of the Benchmark and Career Satisfaction groups. SHM continues to make a strong effort to collect and generate data for workload and compensation, and to provide specific “pediatric only” subsets. Efforts regarding credentialing, sub-specialty designation/certification, and board re-certification are an active focus of SHM for adult hospitalists with ongoing discussions with the Board of Internal Medicine. We pediatricians stand on the sidelines of this battle, with the expectation that once the adults figure out how to do it, we can modify their approach with lower casualties on both sides.
The clinical Resource Rooms on the SHM Web site are clearly targeted toward adult topics. We intend to develop similar resources for pediatrics and are exploring possibilities of doing this collaboratively with the AAP and the APA. Sub-committees on pediatric hospital medicine topics are developing under a loose and shared structure with the AAP’s Section on Hospital Medicine. For example, SHM has taken the lead on a palliative care task force. Maggie Hood is the pediatric representative to this task force and wants to involve other interested pediatric hospitalists in a sub-committee on this topic. The AAP’s Karen Kingry has taken the lead on developing a sub-committee for community (pediatric) hospitalists; membership on her committee is open to SHM members. Expect other topics to develop as well.