Pediatric Hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our main campus at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora and at all of our Network of Care locations. Parents and families can reach us by phone at (720) 777-5070.
We provide inpatient care to all pediatric patients hospitalized with general medical conditions. We coordinate family-centered care, with a focus on communication between families, consultants, and referring providers. We adhere to Children's Colorado clinical care guidelines and work to promote innovative, evidence-based pediatric inpatient care.
Our PHM faculty are very involved in the education of many different levels of learners, from undergraduate to medical and other health professional students, residents, fellows, advanced practice providers, physicians, patients, families, and our community.
Several of our PHM faculty hold educational leadership positions both within and outside the Section. Our PHM Section has a Director and Associate Director of Education who are responsible for Continuing Medical Education, professional development,
faculty orientation, original teaching programs, faculty and trainee mentorship, and more. Members of the Section also lead our PHM training programs, including our PHM fellowship and APP fellowship. Lastly, our faculty holds educational leadership
roles outside the Section as Associate Directors of the Pediatric Residency Program and as Directors within the University of Colorado’s Physician Assistant Program and Nursing School. Our educational leaders work closely and collaborate with other University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics’ Medical Education faculty on training programs, committee work, teaching endeavors, and research projects.
Our PHM faculty is actively engaged in and lead educational scholarship, both locally and nationally, having presented multiple posters, workshops, and research plenary presentations at scientific meetings. They have published manuscripts in peer-reviewed
journals while also mentoring the next generation of educators in their own scholarly work. Topic areas of interest include curriculum development, high-value care, learner evaluations, professional development, attending supervision on rounds, handoff,
simulation, and innovative teaching programs.
We highly value mentorship and supporting our colleagues and learners. Within our Section, we developed the HOspital Medicine Mentorship and Engagement (“HOME”) Program, with the goal of fostering a community of pediatric hospitalists who continually strive for professional development and personal growth through mentorship, engagement, and camaraderie. Ultimately, the HOME program aims to provide the guidance and interpersonal connectedness needed to reduce burnout and further promote career satisfaction and success. Our faculty is committed to offering career, clinical, leadership and research mentorship to one another as well as to fellows, residents, and students. Many of our hospitalists participate in the mentorship and education of 1st- and 2nd-year medical students through the University of Colorado Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum where students receive intensive training to hone their history-taking, physical examination, clinical reasoning and communication skills.
Our Section is dedicated to professional development and lifelong learning through our educational pursuits. We have monthly conferences focused on Continuing Medical Education, evidence-based medicine, clinical conundrums, Morbidity & Mortality, or relevant educational research topics. Our TEAM Program has also initiated a “peer-to-peer” observation experience to provide the feedback and coaching needed to ensure ongoing faculty development. In addition, many faculty have completed formal training programs, such as the IHQSE Certificate Training Program, Academy of Medical Educators Teaching Scholars Program, SCORE Fellowship, Career Cornerstones, CU Clinical Leadership Development Course and many other local and national programs.
Quality Improvement (QI) within the PHM Division encompasses a variety of initiatives and activities to enhance patient quality and safety, and to educate faculty, residents, and students at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). PHM faculty lead monthly Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conferences; bi-monthly Quality Corner presentations to showcase QI initiatives, quality metrics, and relevant Clinical Pathways; and monthly Clinical-Quality Council meetings to galvanize important operational and quality initiatives. QI activities are overseen by the Division’s Director of Quality (Mark Brittan, MD, MPH), the Associate Director of Quality (Amy Tyler, MD, MSCS), and the Associate Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness (Leigh Anne Bakel, MD, MSc), who directs the development and implementation of Clinical Pathways at CHCO.
Our faculty is heavily engaged in QI at the local and national level. Faculty participate in up to 25 projects annually with focus on High-Value Care, Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety. Hospitalists lead a program to improve care for patients with bronchiolitis by aligning patient care with the best available evidence, reducing unnecessary variation in care, and helping to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time in the right setting. Others aim to improve inpatient influenza vaccination rates, de-label penicillin allergies, standardize management of newborn jaundice, and reduce unnecessary lab testing. Hospitalists also collaborate with nursing leaders and primary care and subspecialist colleagues on numerous shared QI enterprises, some of which address organizational Pillar Goals. For instance, we participate in projects to improve patient flow; reduce codes outside the ICU; mitigate hospital acquired conditions through bundled interventions; decrease peripheral IV infiltrates; improve transitions of care from hospital to home; optimize asthma management; and enhance surveillance for acute kidney injury. In recent years, hospitalists have participated in national QI collaboratives to standardize IV fluids, improve time to antibiotic administration in sepsis, standardize care for substance exposed newborns, implement I-PASS handoffs, and improve hospital discharge instructions. Finally, CHCO hospitalists are prominently involved in Clinical Pathways, with several faculty currently helping to develop COVID-19-related clinical guidance. Through these widespread academic activities, CHCO hospitalists have had robust presence at local and national QI meetings, numerous peer-reviewed QI abstracts and manuscripts, and successful applications for grant funding through the School of Medicine’s Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety small grants program.
Many of our PHM faculty provide individual mentorship to faculty and learners who are interested in quality and safety, or who would like to initiate a QI project. Structured educational activities within the Division include M&M, Quality Corner, Journal Club, works in progress sessions, and QI workshops. Additional training programs are available to all levels of learners and faculty on the Anschutz Medical Campus through The Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IHQSE) program.
Our pediatric hospitalists are engaged in important research focused on improving the health and outcomes of children who are hospitalized. As pediatric hospitalists have a broad clinical expertise, our research also expands across hospital systems, comparative effectiveness, medical education, surgical outcomes, clinical practice, and quality improvement, and have a national reputation for this work. Research efforts are supported by oversight and mentorship from the Division’s Director for Research (Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH) and Associate Director for Research (Lilliam Ambroggio, PhD).
Our research coalesces around the concept of “High Value Care” and and informs best clinical practices. Studies cover a broad range of the clinical/translational spectrum, and a wide variety of research methods. The division has developed a strong, and growing, cohort of research-intensive faculty who have had significant success in gaining extramural funding for their studies. Researchers work closely with the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), and the ACCORDS Child Program (ACCORDS) to develop and implement research programs. Additional research support comes from division resources including analytic and biostatistical support for research projects and also small amounts of research support funds. Fellows and faculty can be further supported by several hospital and campus-wide funding opportunities. Methodologic expertise in the division covers a wide range of topics including secondary dataset analysis (often focused on the Pediatric Health Information Systems (PHIS) database), dissemination and implementation science, high value care, learning health systems, educational research, clinical trials, translational research, survey research and qualitative analysis, In addition to many inter-divisional collaborative projects, our researchers also collaborate extensively with colleagues in other specialties, including Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, and Medical Education.
The Research Director and Associate Director oversee a robust portfolio of educational opportunities to advance research skills, and also are available to mentor faculty of all levels interested in their research endeavors. Didactic opportunities include a monthly lecture series, bi-monthly works in progress sessions, research-related journal club, and access to additional formal research training fellowships on campus.
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