PedsCases - A Learning Module for Evaluation of Pediatric Short Stature and Delayed Puberty for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7976 May 19, 2010 6

Abstract

This resource is a podcast-based learning module that reviews an approach to the evaluation of short stature for medical students. In addition, a multistep case outlines a thorough approach to evaluating delayed puberty in a pediatric patient. 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 to provide an opportunity for active self-directed learning in pediatrics. The learning modalities available 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.

Citation

MacPherson P, Marks S, Couch R. PedsCases - a learning module for evaluation of pediatric short stature and delayed puberty for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:7976. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7976

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Define delayed puberty in a boy.
  2. Develop an approach to the history and physical exam in delayed puberty.
  3. Know the most common cause of delayed puberty in boys and list other causes of delayed puberty.
  4. List baseline investigations in delayed puberty.
  5. List further investigations that may be appropriate based on the clinical presentation.
  6. Define short stature.
  7. Define a normal childhood growth pattern.
  8. Develop an approach to the history and physical examination of a child with short stature.
  9. List common investigations with a basic understanding of their usefulness.
  10. Briefly describe some specific causes of short stature, including constitutional delay of growth and puberty, familial short stature, endocrine diseases, chromosomal abnormalities or syndromes, skeletal dysplasias, and chronic diseases or malnutrition.

Keywords

  • Short Stature, PedsCases, Delayed Puberty, Sexual Maturation, Sexual Development

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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