PedsCases - A Learning Module for Kawasaki Disease for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7977 June 18, 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 is designed to provide medical students with an approach to the diagnosis and treatment of Kawasaki disease in the pediatric population. The module includes a case that centers around an eleven month old child who presents with a history of fever and rash. Using this initial information, the case involves multiple choice questions to review the differential diagnosis of Kawasaki disease as well as the clinical findings needed to diagnose this disease. In addition, the case discusses the potential complications of the disease as well as the treatment of Kawasaki disease and the necessary follow-up once the diagnosis is made. The learning module also includes a Podcast which supplements the material presented in the case. The Podcast explains the clinical importance of Kawasaki disease, the pathology of Kawasaki disease, as well as the diagnostic criteria, the current treatment regime as well as the follow-up that is necessary for Kawasaki disease. A word document has been included which includes the script for the Podcast.

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 14 pediatrician moderators involved. The staff involvement ranges from moderating and reviewing questions, to writing and creating podcasts to filming procedural videos. 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. The number of visitors to PedsCases has grown steadily since its inception in spring 2008. After 15 months, there have been 21,398 page views from 1,908 unique visitors in 71 different countries. PedsCases contains 208 questions, 16 clinical cases, 11 recall conditions and over 20 links.


Gerdung C, Lewis M, LeBlanc C, Ellsworth J. PedsCases - a learning module for Kawasaki disease for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:7977.

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to develop an approach to evaluating a child with a fever and rash by reviewing the podcast and case.
  2. To be able to correctly answering steps one through three of the case, students are expected to develop an appropriate differential diagnosis for a child presenting with fever and rash.
  3. To be able to listen to the podcast and correctly answering steps four through eight of the case, students are expected to correctly identify the diagnostic criteria, the pathophysiology, and the possible complications of Kawasaki disease.
  4. To be able to listen to the podcast and correctly answering steps nine through eleven of the case, students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of acute and chronic treatment, as well as appropriate follow up for children with Kawasaki disease.


  • Fever, Rash, Kawasaki Disease, PBL, PedsCases, Lymphatic Diseases, Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome

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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