Pediatric Annals

CME Article 

Integrating Bright Futures Into Medical Education and Training

Rebecca A. Stoltz, MPH; Kara Connors, MPH; Justine Blum; Henry H. Bernstein, DO

Abstract

During the last few decades, pediatric healthcare professionals have faced increased demands to address the increasingly complex behavioral, social, and health conditions experienced by today’s children and families. At a time when it is most critical for the workforce to comprise an adept, multi-skilled cadre of professionals, the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, third edition, provides guidelines for pediatric clinicians to fulfill necessary competencies and supplement their clinical skills with developmental and behavioral knowledge to treat the whole child.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rebecca A. Stoltz, MPH, resides in Brookline, MA; Kara Connors, MPH, is with Bridgeway Health Associates, Concord, MA; Justine Blum is a junior at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, and a research assistant at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH;. Henry H. Bernstein, DO, is Chief, General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, and Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH.

Address correspondence to Henry H. Bernstein, DO, Chief, General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

Ms. Stoltz and Ms. Connors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Dr. Bernstein has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB): Research Grant Support; and Springer Publisher: Book writing contract.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the changes necessary in medical education to assure the healthcare provider is able to deliver culturally competent, comprehensive health maintenance to today’s children.
  2. Discuss continuous professional development in light of increasingly available individualized education programs.
  3. Review the content of select educational programs available to the practicing healthcare provider.

Abstract

During the last few decades, pediatric healthcare professionals have faced increased demands to address the increasingly complex behavioral, social, and health conditions experienced by today’s children and families. At a time when it is most critical for the workforce to comprise an adept, multi-skilled cadre of professionals, the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, third edition, provides guidelines for pediatric clinicians to fulfill necessary competencies and supplement their clinical skills with developmental and behavioral knowledge to treat the whole child.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rebecca A. Stoltz, MPH, resides in Brookline, MA; Kara Connors, MPH, is with Bridgeway Health Associates, Concord, MA; Justine Blum is a junior at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, and a research assistant at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH;. Henry H. Bernstein, DO, is Chief, General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, and Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH.

Address correspondence to Henry H. Bernstein, DO, Chief, General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

Ms. Stoltz and Ms. Connors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Dr. Bernstein has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB): Research Grant Support; and Springer Publisher: Book writing contract.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the changes necessary in medical education to assure the healthcare provider is able to deliver culturally competent, comprehensive health maintenance to today’s children.
  2. Discuss continuous professional development in light of increasingly available individualized education programs.
  3. Review the content of select educational programs available to the practicing healthcare provider.

During the last few decades, pediatric healthcare professionals have faced increased demands to address the increasingly complex behavioral, social, and health conditions experienced by today’s children and families. At a time when it is most critical for the workforce to comprise an adept, multi-skilled cadre of professionals, the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, third edition, provides guidelines for pediatric clinicians to fulfill necessary competencies and supplement their clinical skills with developmental and behavioral knowledge to treat the whole child.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rebecca A. Stoltz, MPH, resides in Brookline, MA; Kara Connors, MPH, is with Bridgeway Health Associates, Concord, MA; Justine Blum is a junior at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, and a research assistant at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH;. Henry H. Bernstein, DO, is Chief, General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, and Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH.

Address correspondence to Henry H. Bernstein, DO, Chief, General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

Ms. Stoltz and Ms. Connors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Dr. Bernstein has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB): Research Grant Support; and Springer Publisher: Book writing contract.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the changes necessary in medical education to assure the healthcare provider is able to deliver culturally competent, comprehensive health maintenance to today’s children.
  2. Discuss continuous professional development in light of increasingly available individualized education programs.
  3. Review the content of select educational programs available to the practicing healthcare provider.

10.3928/00904481-20080401-02

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