PedsCases - A Learning Module of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Cases for Medical Students

Publication ID Published Volume
8191 July 27, 2010 6

Abstract

PedsCases (http://pedscases.com) 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 a series of pediatric emergency medicine cases for medical students. The multi-step cases cover a broad range of common more serious presentations to the pediatric ER. The topics include status epilepticus, acute asthma exacerbation, hypovolemic shock, intoxication, anaphylaxis and a common fracture.

PedsCases has been integrated into the 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. PedsCases contains 216 questions, 39 cases, 11 flash-card type quizzes, 11 podcasts and 2 clinical videos. After 24 months, there have been 3,904 unique visitors from 96 different countries and over 10,147 podcast downloads of 11 podcasts.There are 9 students and 15 pediatricians involved in PedsCases as moderators, peer-reviews, case-writers, podcast writers, etc. All 7 modules submitted to AAMCs MedEdPORTAL have been accepted for publication.

Citation

Gill P, Kapusta M, Gerdung C, Pinsk M, Duff J, Grewal S. PedsCases - a learning module of pediatric emergency medicine cases for medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:8191. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8191

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to overview the approach to a pediatric emergency.
  2. To be able to list and interpret critical clinical and laboratory findings.
  3. To be able to understand an effective plan of management for a pediatric patient in an emergent situation.
  4. To be able to identify patients that may need referral to intensive care units.
  5. To be able to outline the management in a pediatric patient with status epilepticus.
  6. To be able to outline the management in a pediatric patient in hypovolemic shock.
  7. To be able to outline the management in a pediatric patient with intoxication.
  8. To be able to outline the management in a pediatric patient with an acute asthma exacerbation.
  9. To be able to outline the management in a pediatric patient with a nursemaid's fracture.
  10. To be able to outline the management in a pediatric patient with anaphylaxis.

Keywords

  • Seizures, Status Epilepticus, Asthma Exacerbation, Intoxication, Shock, Anaphylaxis, Nursemaid Fracture, PBL, PedsCases

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

References

  1. Gill P, Kitney L, Kozan D, Lewis M. Online Learning in Pediatrics: A Student Led Web-Based Learning Modality. The Clinical Teacher. 2010 Mar;7(1):53-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1743-498X.2009.00337.x
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Material Access

Please sign in to access this material.

Please register for an AAMC account if you do not have one.

Register

  • Contact Us

Subscribe to Our Quarterly Newsletter

Receive featured content & announcements!

ISSN 2374-8265