PedsCases - A Learning Module of Neonatology Cases for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
7991 July 23, 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 3 multi-step cases that go through common neonatal presentations that medical students may encounter. The cases are focused on the topics of neonatal jaundice, vomiting in an infant and copious secretions in a newborn. Each case works through the appropriate management, diagnosis and treatment of the respective conditions.

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 16 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 2 weeks, there has been 627 downloads of PedsCases podcasts from iTunes and the internet. 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.


Gill P, MacPherson P, Lewis M, Joynt C. PedsCases - a learning module of neonatology cases for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:7991.

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to outline the approach to common problems in neonatology.
  2. To be able to review the resuscitation steps of a depressed infant.
  3. To be able to overview the APGAR scores.
  4. To be able to generate a differential of jaundice and vomiting in a baby after an adequate history and physical.
  5. To be able to learn to investigate jaundice and vomiting in a baby.
  6. To be able to determine risk factors for certain etiologies of jaundice and vomiting in a baby.
  7. To be able to identify a baby at risk for esophageal atresia.
  8. To be able to learn the initial management and investigation for esophageal atresia and TEF.
  9. To be able to identify features that may co exist with TEF.


  • NICU, Jaundice, Pyloric Stenosis, Tracheoesophageal Atresia, Webcasts, PBL, PedsCases

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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