PedsCases - A Learning Module for the Evaluation of a Child with Failure to Thrive for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7912 January 25, 2010 6

Abstract

PedsCases (http://pedscases.com) is a comprehensive web-based educational tool that focuses on the core objectives of undergraduate pediatric education with extensive student involvement. PedsCases was created for and by medical students that provides an opportunity for active self-directed learning in pediatrics. The learning modalities available include questions, flash-card type quizzes, multi-step clinical cases and podcasts.
This learning module includes a podcast that allows medical students to develop an approach to the evaluation of failure to thrive in a child. Subsequently, the case presents a two-month old boy who presents with a failure to thrive. The case ensures that students understand the definition and potential causes of failure to thrive. The case helps the students develop an approach to history and physical examination of a child with failure to thrive. Useful investigations are discussed and a shotgun approach is discouraged.

PedsCases has been integrated into the third year undergraduate pediatric medical education curriculum at the University of Alberta. It is one of the main sources recommended to students to assist in covering the core objectives of the clinical pediatric rotation and to assist 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.

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and the Division of Studies of Medical Education has committed to PedsCases as a recommended reference for future medical students. Currently, there are 8 student question writers and 15 pediatrician moderators involved. The staff involvement ranges from moderating and reviewing questions, to writing and creating podcasts to filming procedural videos. At the time of submission, PedsCases contains 216 questions, 20 cases, 11 flash-card type quizzes, 11 podcasts and 2 clinical videos. After 17 months, there have been 23,521 page views from 2,148 unique visitors in 73 different countries.

PedsCases is one of the top 5 references returned by Internet search engines (including Google, and MSN) for the term "pediatric cases for medical students." PedsCases is posted as a recommended resource at the Canadian Healthcare Education Commons (CHEC), the PICUinfo Pediatric Critical Care Library, the Lincoln Memorial University Library website and the Distributed Medical Education Blog at Dalhousie University.

Citation

MacPherson P, Lewis M. PedsCases - a learning module for the evaluation of a child with failure to thrive for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:7912. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7912

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to define failure to thrive.
  2. To be able to understand the three basic problems that can cause failure to thrive.
  3. To be able to develop an approach to history-taking for failure to thrive
  4. To be able to develop an approach to physical examination of a child with failure to thrive.
  5. To be able to know the investigations required for a child with failure to thrive.

Keywords

  • Poor Weight Gain, PedsCases, Failure to Thrive, Growth Disorders

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

References

  1. Gill PJ, Kitney L, Vanderpluym J, Kozan D, Lewis M.(2009) PedsCases: A Collaborative Pediatric Medical Education Website for Medical Students. Poster presentation at Canadian Conference for Medical Education (CCME), poster number P-85. Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  2. Gill PJ, Kitney L, Vanderpluym J, Kozan D, Lewis M.(2008) PedsCases: A Collaborative Pediatric Medical Education Website for Medical Students. Poster presentation at Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Research Day 2008, abstract ID #1983, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

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