PedsCases - A Learning Module for Kawasaki Disease for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7977 June 18, 2010 6


This resource is a learning module 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 11-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 and the pathology of Kawasaki disease, as well as the diagnostic criteria, current treatment regime, and follow-up that is necessary for Kawasaki disease. A script for the podcast is also included. 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.


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

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

  1. Develop an approach to evaluating a child with a fever and rash by reviewing the podcast and case.
  2. Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis for a child presenting with fever and rash.
  3. Identify the diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology, and possible complications of Kawasaki disease.
  4. 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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