Fulfilling their role as clinician-educators, faculty within the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) are dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to medical students, resident, and fellow physicians while maintaining excellence in patient care. Four PHM division members have been elected to the Academy of Master Educators within the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, signifying their commitment to this goal.
Students encounter PHM division faculty throughout their four-year career in medical school. In the first and second years, students may be paired with PHM division faculty in mentorship roles through the Faculty and Students Together (FAST) program. The division also provides leadership and instruction for the requisite Advanced Physical Examination course during the first and second year as well as a mini-elective for second-year medical students in Advanced Pediatric Interviewing. The PHM division directs the Pediatric Inpatient Medicine Clerkship for third- and fourth-year students as well as the Acting Internship in Pediatrics.
For more than forty years, PHM has been instrumental in imparting core knowledge, professional and interpersonal skills, as well as tools for advanced decision-making, to residents in several programs who rotate through the general pediatric wards. Through the Bridges Mentorship Program, residents may be paired with a PHM division faculty member who serves either as their primary mentor or as part of their mentor network. Residents and division members have collaborated on various academic endeavors, from quality improvement to poster presentations and case publications, often driven by the resident’s interest or experience.
Over the past ten years, hospital medicine, both adult and pediatric, has rapidly expanded as a specialized field. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved pediatric hospital medicine as a subspecialty in 2016. To this end, PHM now offers a 2-year fellowship program in Pediatric Hospital Medicine.