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

This resource is a podcast-based learning module that allows medical students to develop an approach to the evaluation of a child with failure to thrive. The case features a 2-month-old boy who presents with a failure to thrive. The case then helps the students develop an approach to history and physical examination of the child while ensuring that students understand the definition and potential causes of failure to thrive. Useful investigations are discussed; a shotgun approach is discouraged. This resource is a part of PedsCases, a comprehensive web-based educational tool that focuses on the core objectives of undergraduate pediatric education with extensive student involvement. It was created for and by medical students and provides an opportunity for active self-directed learning in pediatrics. The learning modalities include questions, flash-card type quizzes, multistep clinical cases, and podcasts. 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.

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

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  1. Define failure to thrive.
  2. Understand the three basic problems that can cause failure to thrive.
  3. Develop an approach to history-taking for failure to thrive.
  4. Develop an approach to physical examination of a child with failure to thrive.
  5. 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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