Medical Education at Children's National
Children’s National Hospital is the main training site for more than 1,500 medical students, residents and clinical fellows every year. Our primary medical school partners are the George Washington University School of Medicine and the Howard University College of Medicine. Local hospital partners sending us residents and fellows include GW University Hospital, MedStar Georgetown Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Howard University Hospital. Here is an overview of medical education at Children’s National.
Diversity and Inclusion in Training
With the support of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, Children’s National is committed to training the diverse pediatric workforce necessary to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse faces of our patients and families. This commitment includes the Minority Senior Scholars Program (MSSP) which ensures that top medical students from backgrounds under-represented in medicine (URM) have access to a sponsored and mentored experience at Children’s National early in their fourth year. This commitment has generated an impressive evolution of the proportion of the interns entering our pediatric residency each year who are from backgrounds URM (self-defined as African American, Latinx or both).
Please review these guidelines from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences for the use of racial, ethnic and other terms when teaching.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Options
DC medical licensing requires 50 hours of CME over past two years (with two hours related to LGBTQ issues and one hour related to pharmacology). You must upload proof of CME at the time of your application or by renewal date on Dec. 31 every two years. Maryland requires 50 Category 1 CME credits over the past two years. Virginia requires two hours on controlled substances, 30 hours CME, plus 30 hours of reading/teaching.
CME is available for Grand Rounds, Prof Rounds and many division conferences at Icmes.Inova.org. View steps to claiming CME credit (PDF).
For pharmacology CME, you may take a course or attend a meeting, or else see D.C. Health.
For CME in LGBTQ care: National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center - A Program of the Fenway Institute. (Click "learning resources" and then "learning modules" and it lists whether CME is available in the description.)
Professional Development Opportunities
In 2010, Children’s National established a professional group for educators from multiple disciplines that recognizes excellence in educational scholarship and leadership, promotes education research, supports innovation in teaching and serves as a community of practice for health professions educators committed to providing optimal patient care.
The Center for Faculty Excellence at George Washington University focuses on teaching and learning, leadership, education research and career development for faculty members. Learn more about the center on its website
For nearly 20 years, Children’s National has partnered with George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) to sponsor a year-long program to foster teaching excellence. Each “cohort” consists of a multi-disciplinary group of 10-15 individuals drawn from across Children’s National and GWU. The program consists of five courses taken over a 10-month period:
- Adult Learning
- Curriculum Design for Adult Learners
- Assessment of Adult Learning
- Work Groups and Teams in Organizations
- Leadership in Organizations
Graduates receive a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development from GSEHD. All completed coursework may be applied toward a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development. Graduates of the Program, based at Children’s National, typically join CAPE.
Leadership at Children’s National and the Children’s National Research Institute supports our junior faculty members as they develop into future leaders and mentors.
- Developing leaders is a core part of the strategic plan of GW which maintains resources for Faculty Development.
- The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National maintains an inventory of Mentoring Resources for faculty members.
- The Clinical Research Directors are a group of senior faculty members at Children’s National with a strong interest in fostering academic accomplishments among faculty members, specifically the number and quality of grant submissions. Please contact Naomi Luban, M.D., for more information.
- Approximately 20 senior faculty members across multiple disciplines have endowed chairs. This group of leaders is an excellent resource for junior faculty members to consult about their own professional development.
- Faculty Awards: Every year, Children’s National recognizes leaders in mentoring and teaching with awards. Nominated by their peers, these individuals are excellent resources to consult.
- Mentorship Awardees
- Elda Arce Teaching Awardees
- Golden Apple Teaching Awardees
Visit the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers, to explore free online resources.
Recent offerings have included:
- Cultivating Compassion & Collectivism: A Multi-Week Course to Facilitate Healing from Racial Trauma
- Navigating Faculty Career Transitions: Getting to Mid-Career and Beyond
- Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty: A Roadmap to Equity in Academia
To take advantage of this opportunity, please activate your confidential, personal membership by completing the following steps:
1. Go to the NCFDD website.
2. Choose your institution from the drop-down menu.
3. Select “Activate my Membership.”
4. Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e. @gwu.edu)
5. Go to your institution email to find a confirmation email. Click “Activate Account” in the confirmation email.
If you have any questions or comments, please email Faculty Affairs. If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD.