PedsCases - A Learning Module for Evaluation of Acute Otitis Media in Children: Medical Students

Publication ID Published Version
7950 April 8, 2010 1


PedsCases ( 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 reviews the approach to the evaluation of acute otitis media in children for medical students and reviews the common and more serious causes of acute otitis media. Subsequently, a case presents a previously well child who presents with acute ear pain. The case evaluates the proper evaluation and work-up of acute otitis media.


Gill P, Kapusta M, MacPherson P, Forgie S. PedsCases - A Learning Module for Evaluation of Acute Otitis Media in Children: Medical Students. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2010. Available from:​publication/​7950​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.7950

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to review the common causes of acute otitis media.
  2. To be able to develop an approach to evaluating a child with a sore ear.
  3. To be able to develop a differential diagnosis to a child with a sore ear.
  4. To be able to understand the appropriate investigations to complete when evaluating a child with a sore ear.
  5. To be able to rule out the serious complications of acute otitis media
  6. To be able to learn the common sequelae of acute otitis media.
  7. To be able to learn the risk factors for developing acute otitis media.


  • Hypertension, Preconception Care (MeSH), Prenatal Care (MeSH), High-Risk Pregnancy (MeSH), Pregnancy Complications (MeSH), Diabetes (MeSH), Folic Acid


  • Medical
    • Pediatrics


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Instructional Methods

  • Case-based Instruction/Learning
  • Independent Learning

Organ Systems

  • Nervous system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident


  • Multimedia

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