Teaching in Community Settings SIG

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SIG purpose/mission:
We seek to represent all clinicians who teach outside the traditional academic setting, supporting their interests and addressing their challenges, in an effort to improve the education of learners in community pediatrics.  We welcome educators from inpatient, nursery, and outpatient pediatrics to share our common challenges, to generate discussion regarding opportunities for improvement, and to network with like-minded community-based teachers.

Current SIG goals:

  • To advocate for the interests and needs of community-based providers who are actively engaged in teaching.   
  • To partner with groups interested in supporting and improving community-based pediatric education.   
  • To reach pediatric educators in non-office based settings in order to assess and represent their needs.

Annual summary:
We had an exciting inaugural SIG session this year at PAS in Toronto led by Drs. Leslie Farrell, Lana Ismail, Dan Newman, and Sonal Kalburgi who work in a combination of inpatient and outpatient community settings.  Topics included orienting learners without interfering with patient care, teaching with variable patient care loads, and giving feedback with limited exposure to learners.  Specific scenarios were presented in small group settings where participants were able to share challenges, ideas, and solutions.  Each scenario was closed with a discussion by our presenters on their experiences, and resources to improve our teaching in community settings.     
Dr. Ann Allen then presented her research project that surveyed pediatric resident on their perceptions of training and preparation to practice in community hospitals.  This led to an interesting discussion about how to better prepare our future pediatricians to practice outside of the traditional academic setting.    As we look forward to next year, we are hosting an Innovations Competition where we will ask people to share their learning innovations at an interactive and collaborative session at PAS.  We hope to see you in Baltimore!

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:  
Pediatric Hospital Medicine SIG,  Newborn SIG,  AAP Section of Hospital Medicine & Community Hospitalist Subcommittee 

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Megan Cardoso, MD
565 Pleasant St
Dunstable, MA 01827
Phone: (617) 636-2629

Scott Vergano, MD
1052 North Shore Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23505
Phone: (973) 271-9242

Current SIG Mentor:

Scott Krugman, MD
2401 West Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) -60-1281




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