Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

Ashlie Tseng, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, VCU School of Medicine

Additional Author(s) Information

Suzanne Lavoie, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, VCU School of Medicine

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Type of Activity


Original Presentation Date


Date of Submission

March 2019

Abstract/Short Description

Purpose and background:

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) require pediatric subspecialty fellows to learn a core curriculum of scholarly topics including biostatistics, research methodology, teaching, quality improvement and leadership. Traditionally, each fellowship would develop such curricula for their own fellows –leading to variable experiences for fellows in different disciplines. Nationally, many fellowships are working to provide a common core curriculum which is available across disciplines with an aim towards improving training and transitioning to academic careers.1,2,3 To address this, we have developed a core curriculum which aims to provide all pediatric subspecialty fellows appropriate, expert, and timely education on these and other topics for their professional development.

Learner Objectives:

By completion of the Pediatric fellows core curriculum, pediatric fellows will be able to:

  1. Recognize the requirements set out by the ABP and ACGME for fellowship training.
  2. Recognize principles of scholarly activity in research and quality improvement.
  3. Describe principles and skills for teaching learners in different settings.


1.Campbell JR, Palazzi DL, Rama J, Balmer D, Schutze GE, Turner TL. Building Bridges Between Silos: An Outcomes-Logic Model for a Multidisciplinary, Subspecialty Fellowship Education Program. Acad Pediatr. 2015;15(6):584-587. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2015.08.010 2.Rama JA, Campbell JR, Balmer DF, Turner TL, Hsu DC. Investing in future pediatric subspecialists: a fellowship curriculum that prepares for the transition to academic careers. Med Educ Online. 2015;20:26714. Accessed April 26, 2018. 3.Halpern-Fisher B, Herman B, Klasner A, McGanna K, Myers A, Mason K, Weiss P, Gans H. Building brideges: developing a core curriculum for pediatric subspecialty fellowships. Workshop presentation at: Association of Pediatric Program Directors Spring Meeting; March, 2018; Atlanta, GA.


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VCU Medical Education Symposium