Objectives: Pediatric procedural sedation (PPS) is a core clinical competency of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) fellowship training mandated by both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Pediatrics. Neither of these certifying bodies, however, offers specific guidance with regard to attaining and evaluating proficiency in trainees. Recent publications have revealed inconsistency in educational approaches, attending oversight, PPS service rotation experiences, and evaluation practices among PEM fellowship programs.
Methods: A select group of PEM experts in PPS, PEM fellowship directors, PEM physicians with educational roles locally and nationally, PEM fellows, and recent PEM fellowship graduates collaborated to address this opportunity for improvement.
Results: This consensus driven educational guideline was developed to outline PPS core topics, evaluation methodology, and resources to create or modify a PPS curriculum for PEM fellowship programs. This curriculum was developed to map to fellowship Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies and to use multiple modes of dissemination to meet the needs of diverse programs and learners.
Conclusions: Implementation and utilization of a standardized PPS curriculum as outlined in this educational guideline will equip PEM fellows with a comprehensive PPS knowledge base. Pediatric emergency medicine fellows should graduate with the competence and confidence to deliver safe and effective PPS care. Future study after implementation of the guideline is warranted to determine its efficacy.
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