PedsCases - A Learning Module for Evaluation of Suspected Child Abuse for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7911 May 5, 2010 6

Abstract

This learning module features two podcasts that review the evaluation of child abuse for medical students, as well as the common and more serious causes of abuse. These podcasts are followed by two multistep cases and six multiple-choice questions highlighting the importance of a high index of suspicion when evaluating pediatric injuries. In addition, the second case outlines a thorough algorithm for the evaluation of suspected child abuse. This module is a part of the PedsCases series, which has been integrated into the third-year undergraduate pediatric medical education curriculum at the University of Alberta. Since the focus of medical education has shifted towards independent learning, PedsCases has become a complementary educational tool and has filled a niche.

Citation

Kitney L, MacPherson P, Gill P, Dibden L, Lewis M. PedsCases - a learning module for evaluation of suspected child abuse for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:7911. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7911

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Develop an approach to evaluating a case of suspected child abuse.
  2. Consider other differential diagnoses that may present similarly to child abuse.
  3. Understand the appropriate investigations to complete when evaluating suspected child abuse.
  4. Critically evaluate whether the story presented fits the patients injuries.
  5. Understand the role of the medical practitioner in child abuse cases.
  6. Understand the significance of a negative physical exam for suspected child abuse.
  7. Review the common risk factors for child abuse.
  8. Understand the appropriate individuals/organizations to contact when child abuse is suspected.

Keywords

  • Podcast, PBL, PedsCases, Child Abuse, Family Violence

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 Children’s 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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