Our Hospital Medicine faculty aim to translate evidence-based medicine into superior clinical teaching and care at the bedside. The educational mission of the Section is two-fold: to yield expert clinicians and to produce teachers who will effectively train the next generation of physicians. We accomplish this through faculty development workshops, CME lectures and experiential learning. We have presented several lectures on teaching in the hospital and created an educational curriculum within the Section which includes the following series:

  • Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness in the Clinical Setting: This interactive, workshop-based series equips faculty with a teaching framework that facilitates self-reflection, flexibility, and leadership as medical teachers.
  • Top 10 Things Every Hospitalist Should Know About ... : This popular series recruits specialists throughout the various medical and surgical specialties at Vanderbilt to review the most significant clinical pearls that interface with Hospital Medicine and to explore solutions to challenging consult questions. These sessions have facilitated communication among specialties, enhanced collegiality and provided focused updates in various areas of clinical medicine.
  • In the Literature: This monthly, case-based session focuses on reviewing and critically appraising new literature that pertains to the care of hospitalized adults.

Faculty in the Section take an active role in teaching housestaff and medical students in a variety of settings. Hospitalists interact with trainees on the general medicine services and medicine consult services at both Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Nashville VA. We have compiled key articles and developed a perioperative curriculum for the consult rotations.  Additional housestaff teaching occurs while working with residents on quality improvement initiatives and through resident journal club.

Among the undergraduate medical education activities that hospitalist faculty engage in are:

       Internal Medicine Clerkship:

o   Clinical curricular lectures/activities (e.g., clerkship core lectures, diagnosis and therapeutics course, physical diagnosis course)

o   Student morning report

o   Weekly clinical reasoning small group exercises

o   Weekly evidence-based diagnosis rounds