PedsCases - A Learning Module for Adolescent Medicine for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7949 February 2, 2010 6


This learning module features three cases that outline an approach to adolescent medicine for medical students. The cases review and outline common medical problems that arise in this population and provide the student with a general approach to them. The key issues that are touched upon in the cases are eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa), contraception, and diabetes mellitus. In addition, this learning module contains a podcast outlining an approach to obtaining a proper adolescent history as well as tips on how to ask difficult questions. This resource is a part of PedsCases, a comprehensive web-based educational series that focuses on the core objectives of undergraduate pediatric education with extensive student involvement. PedsCases was created for and by medical students and provides an opportunity for active self-directed learning in pediatrics. The learning modalities available include questions, flash cardtype 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 top five references returned by various internet search engines for the term pediatric cases for medical students. PedsCases is also listed as a recommended resource at the Canadian Healthcare Education Commons, the Pediatric Critical Care Library, and the Lincoln Memorial University Library website.


Kitney L, Gill P, Lewis M, Leslie K, Steinegger C. PedsCases - a learning module for adolescent medicine for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:7949.

Educational Objectives

By the end of these cases, learners will be able to:

  1. Obtain an appropriate history from an adolescent patient.
  2. Develop an approach to weight loss in the adolescent age group, including differential diagnoses, appropriate investigations, and management.
  3. Discuss and evaluate appropriate methods of contraception with an adolescent patient, including risks, benefits, and contraindications.
  4. Understand the unique issues that occur in adolescents.
  5. Understand the complexities that can occur in adolescents who suffer from chronic medical conditions.
  6. Understand the psychosocial factors and environmental stressors that have a large impact on adolescent health and must be considered in treatment planning.


  • PBL, PedsCases, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Hyperphagia, Eating Disorders, Diabetes Mellitus, Contraceptive Agents

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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