Development of a Pediatric Transfusion Medicine Teaching Curriculum for Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows

Deborah A Sesok-Pizzini
2015 Hematology & Transfusion International Journal  
Context: Formal training in pediatric transfusion medicine is often centered on education of Clinical Pathology and Hematology/Oncology Fellows. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) accepts nine fellows annually into a Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (PACCM) Fellowship Training Program. Training requirements include the appropriate ordering and utilization of blood products for pediatric patients, which many fellows have limited prior experience. Objective: To
more » ... Objective: To design, implement, and review a teaching curriculum for PACCM Fellows to introduce these physician trainees to the unique features of pediatric TM and hospital specific policies. Design: Starting in 2006, two fellows per session were assigned a full day in the blood bank. The schedule included "hands-on" learning and lectures. Each fellow received lecture handouts and TM literature. They were asked to submit a preand post-test, an evaluation form and give oral feedback. Additional lectures were given during morning conferences as part of their overall educational training during their fellowship. Results: Twenty-eight fellows have completed this rotation to date of this curriculum review period. Most fellows demonstrated knowledge of the definition of clinically significant antibodies and proper labeling of blood samples. Fewer fellows demonstrated knowledge of CHOP specific policies prior to the rotation. Twenty-three written evaluations with ratings of outstanding to good were received. As a result of the teaching curriculum, there is less miscommunication, fewer customer complaints and occurrence reports (safety net reports) documented involving TM and PACCM departments. There has also been a steady overall improvement in client satisfaction. Conclusion: We report the development of a pediatric TM curriculum designed for anesthesiology fellows. The curriculum will continue to evolve as additional feedback is received. We will continue to monitor the curriculum in terms of an improvement in pre and post testing results, overall physician satisfaction and safety net reports. Submit Manuscript |
doi:10.15406/htij.2015.01.00006 fatcat:esqiic7oibcmlacesmv7orcs7y