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

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7976 May 19, 2010 6


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 one podcast that reviews an approach to the evaluation of short stature for medical students. In addition, a multi-step case outlines a thorough approach to evaluating delayed puberty in a pediatric patient.

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, 37 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. After 1 week, there have been over 425 downloads of PedsCases podcasts on iTunes. 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.


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.

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to define delayed puberty in a boy.
  2. To be able to develop an approach to the history and physical exam in delayed puberty.
  3. To be able to know the most common cause of delayed puberty in boys and list other causes of delayed puberty.
  4. To be able to list baseline investigations in delayed puberty.
  5. To be able to list further investigations that may be appropriate based on the clinical presentation.
  6. To be able to gain learning objectives from podcast
  7. To be able to define short stature.
  8. To be able to define a normal childhood growth pattern.
  9. To be able to develop an approach to the history and physical examination of a child with short stature.
  10. To be able to list common investigations, with a basic understanding of their usefulness.
  11. To be able to 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.


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

Prior Scholarly Dissemination


  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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