PedsCases - A Learning Module for Evaluation of a Pediatric Limp for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7910 January 14, 2010 6

Abstract

This resource is a comprehensive web-based educational tool that focuses on the core objectives of undergraduate pediatric education with extensive student involvement. This learning module features a podcast that reviews both the approach to the evaluation of limp for medical students and the common and more serious causes of limp. Subsequently, the case presents a previously well 6-year-old boy who presents with a 5-day history of left knee pain. The case evaluates the proper evaluation and workup of an acute limp. This module is part of the PedsCases series, which has been integrated into the third-year undergraduate pediatric medical education curriculum at the University of Alberta. The series is one of the main sources recommended to students to assist in covering the core objectives of the clinical pediatric rotation and in preparing for the final examinations. Since the focus of medical education has shifted towards independent learning, PedsCases has become a complementary educational tool and has filled a niche.

Citation

Gill P, MacPherson P, LeBlanc C, Ellsworth J. PedsCases - a learning module for evaluation of a pediatric limp for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:7910. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7910

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Develop an approach to evaluating a child with a limp.
  2. Develop a differential diagnosis for a child with a limp.
  3. Understand the appropriate investigations to complete when evaluating a child with a limp.
  4. Rule out the life-threatening causes of limp.
  5. Review the common causes of pediatric limp.

Keywords

  • Limp, PedsCases, Joint Pain

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

  • Gill PJ, Kitney L, Vanderpluym J, Kozan D, Lewis M. PedsCases: a collaborative pediatric medical education website for medical students. Poster presented at: Women and Childrens Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Research Day; 2008; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Gill PJ, Kitney L, Vanderpluym J, Kozan D, Lewis M. PedsCases: a collaborative pediatric medical education website for medical students. Poster presented at: Canadian Conference for Medical Education (CCME); 2009; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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