Teaching is an integral part of being a pediatrician. Whether providing anticipatory guidance in the office, or presenting research at a national meeting, these skills are central to the profession. For this reason the CHOP residency program developed the three-year Fostering Residents as Teachers (FRAT) curriculum.
Medical student education is the focus of the FRAT curriculum in the intern year. The class is divided into learning groups of 6 to 8 interns during orientation week that they’ll work for the entire year. In these groups, we introduce core teaching skills, like providing feedback and teaching at the bedside, incorporating practical application and theoretical underpinnings.
In the second year, the focus of the FRAT curriculum shifts to the resident’s role as a rising senior and the challenges of leading a team. At meetings with a faculty leadership mentor, the group discusses managing rounds, education challenges and the experience of overseeing a team. In the second and third years residents also participate in a series of education-focused mini-retreats that prepare the residents to lead rounds, explore teaching in the ambulatory setting, and identify teaching challenges.
The Teach Block is the main focus of the FRAT curriculum in the third year. During these two weeks the residents lead a variety of medical student educational activities, such as core curricular didactics and bedside teaching, intern-directed activities such as precepting in primary care clinic, and evening conferences. During this time residents meet with a faculty member twice a week to discuss these experiences and receive feedback on their teaching.