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Common Curriculum and Didactics

Graduate Medical Education provides a full range of education courses and mentoring opportunities to guide fellows through each step of training. From orientation to preparing for faculty positions, our staff offers the knowledge and hands-on experience fellows need to achieve success in their clinical practice.

Fellows orientation 

GME provides a centralized orientation to give fellows basic employee information and a brief Fellowship 101 course. Senior fellows will provide knowledge and tips for how to thrive and gain the most out of the fellowship experience. Other topics include fatigue/sleep deprivation, physician impairment, hand offs/transitions and error prevention.

Common core curriculum

This monthly Core Curriculum Conference is required for first-year fellows and focuses on ACGME Competencies in Professionalism, Communication and Systems-Based Practice. Topics include:

  • Self assessment

  • Leadership

  • Cognitive bias

  • Professionalism

  • Effective communication

  • Medical ethics

  • Change management

  • Health care disparities

  • Value-based care

  • Health care systems

Office of Faculty Development Sessions and Workshops 

Each month, the Office of Faculty Development offers multiple sessions (45 minutes) and half-day workshops around topics related to being a faculty member in an academic medical setting. Perfect for the fellow whose career includes academic medicine. Offerings change from year to year but always include information on teaching scholarship, performance improvement, personal and career development.

Biostatics course

This annual biostatics course is designed for fellows interested in learning statistical principles and research methodologies commonly applied in medical studies. Participants will also gain hands-on experience in SPSS software. Topics include:

  • Descriptive statistics

  • Summary table and statistical graphics

  • Probability theory

  • Hypothesis testing and research ethics

Grant writing Boot Camp/Curriculum

An annual day-long Boot Camp in November teaches trainees how to write a competitive grant application. Fellows will be placed in cohorts with a mentor for monthly sessions to guide the creation of their first grant application. Once the fellow has completed the course, he or she is eligible to apply for a Children's Mercy Hospital Clinical Fellowship Research Award (up to $15,000). 

Scholarship oversight committee 

The Scholarship Oversight Committee provides guidance and support for trainees. The committee includes a minimum of three voting members. A chairperson is appointed or approved by the program director during the first six months of fellowship. The chairperson must be a faculty member of the fellow's subspecialty and be actively involved in teaching fellows. 

Fellowship Community Lunch and Learns 

The Fellowship Community Lunch and Learns serves as a forum for topics not otherwise covered in other series. These informal lunches might include topics like:

  • Financial planning

  • Interviewing skills

  • Test taking strategies

  • CV development

  • Fellow wellness


Graduate Medical Education 

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