Pediatric Resident Education in Pulmonary (PREP): A Subspecialty Preparatory Boot Camp Curriculum for Pediatric Residents

Erin K. Khan, Deborah R. Liptzin, Joyce Baker, Maxene Meier, Christopher D. Baker, Tai M. Lockspeiser

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Introduction: Medical errors can occur any time resident physicians transition between rotations, especially to unfamiliar areas such as subspecialty pediatrics. To combat this, we created and implemented the pediatric resident education in pulmonary (PREP) boot camp using Kern's six-step approach to curriculum development. Methods: PREP was a 5-hour session with multiple high-yield components held on the first day of each new rotation, aimed to prepare residents to care for complex pulmonary inpatients, including those with tracheostomy and ventilator dependence, asthma, and cystic fibrosis. The curriculum was evaluated at multiple time points through surveys of residents and faculty and two formal resident focus group sessions. Results: PREP was successfully implemented in July 2018 with continued monthly sessions held. Thirty-five residents participated in the first year. Resident perceived preparedness and confidence in taking call duties increased significantly following PREP. All residents rated PREP as extremely helpful or very helpful, the highest ratings possible. Overall, residents preferred active learning strategies. All qualitative data revealed positive effects of PREP. Clinical faculty in the pulmonology division found PREP similarly helpful and felt that PREP better prepared residents to provide care to pulmonary inpatients than our previous model. Discussion: Our monthly preparatory boot camp on the first day of residents' inpatient pulmonary rotation has improved resident experience, preparedness, and ability to care for complex pulmonary patients. The curriculum was adjusted in response to feedback to increase hands-on time and interactive sessions. Protected time for residents and active learning strategies were key to success of PREP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11066
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - Jan 7 2021


  • Airway Clearance
  • Boot Camp
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Clinical Teaching/Bedside Teaching
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Safety
  • Tracheostomy


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