The AAP resilience in the face of grief and loss curriculum

Janet R. Serwint, Susan Bostwick, Ann E. Burke, Annamaria Church, Albina Gogo, Dena Hofkosh, Marta King, Jennifer Linebarger, Megan E. McCabe, Margaret Moon, Amanda Osta, Deborah T. Rana, O. J. Sahler, Keely Smith, Florence Rivera, Constance D. Baldwin

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A career in pediatrics can bring great joy and satisfaction. It can also be challenging and lead some providers to manifest burnout and depression. A curriculum designed to help pediatric health providers acquire resilience and adaptive skills may be a key element in transforming times of anxiety and grief into rewarding professional experiences. The need for this curriculum was identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees. A working group of educators developed this curriculum to address the professional attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential to thrive despite the many stressors inevitable in clinical care. Fourteen modules incorporating adult learning theory were developed. The first 2 sections of the curriculum address the knowledge and skills to approach disclosure of life-altering diagnoses, and the second 2 sections focus on the provider's responses to difficult patient care experiences and their needs to develop strategies to maintain their own well-being. This curriculum addresses the intellectual and emotional characteristics patient care medical professionals need to provide high-quality, compassionate care while also addressing active and intentional ways to maintain personal wellness and resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20160791
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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