Characterize transport medical control education in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship.
Cross-sectional survey study.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship programs in the United States.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship program directors.
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:
We achieved a 74% (53/72) response rate. A majority of programs (85%) require fellows to serve as transport medical control, usually while carrying out other clinical responsibilities and sometimes without supervision. Fellows at most programs (80%) also accompany the transport team on patient retrievals. Most respondents (72%) reported formalized transport medical control teaching, primarily in a didactic format (76%). Few programs (25%) use a standardized assessment tool. Transport medical control was identified as requiring all six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies, with emphasis on professionalism and interpersonal and communication skills.
Transport medical control responsibilities are common for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellows, but training is inconsistent, assessment is not standardized, and supervision may be lacking. Fellow performance in transport medical control may help inform assessment in multiple domains of competencies. Further study is needed to identify effective methods for transport medical control education.