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PedsCases - A Learning Module for Interpretation of Pediatric Abdominal X-Ray for Medical Students

Published: July 17, 2012 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9199

Included in this publication:

  • Abdominal X Ray Case Intussusception.doc
  • Abdominal X-Ray Case Appendicitis.doc
  • Abdominal X-Ray Case Perforated Bowel and NEC.doc
  • Abdominal X-Ray Case Small Bowel Obstruction.doc
  • Instructor's Guide.docx

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Abstract

This learning module features four multistep clinical cases that review an approach to abdominal X-ray for medical students. The cases go through a 4-month-old presenting with intussusception, an 18-month-old with small bowel obstruction, an 8-year-old with pneumatosis intestinalis, and a 4-year-old with appendicitis. Each case includes several radiographical images and management considerations. This module is a part of PedsCases, a series of comprehensive web-based educational tools that focus on the core objectives of undergraduate pediatric education with extensive student involvement. PedsCases was created for and by medical students and provides an opportunity for active self-directed learning in pediatrics. The learning modalities available include questions, flash card–type quizzes, multistep clinical cases, and podcasts. PedsCases has been used in 96 different countries, and there have been over 10,000 downloads of the available podcasts.


Educational Objectives

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

  1. Develop an approach to interpreting an abdominal X-ray for a pediatric patient with abdominal pain.
  2. Generate differential diagnoses for abdominal pain in pediatric patients of various ages.
  3. Understand the concerning findings on abdominal X-rays.
  4. Determine the appropriate investigations and management plan for patients who present with intussusception, small bowel obstruction, pneumatosis intestinalis, and appendicitis.

Author Information

  • Jake Hayward, BSc: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Peter Gill, BMSc: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Jacqueline Lee, MD: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Bryan Dicken, MSc, FRCSC, FAAP: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Disclosures
None to report.

Funding/Support
None to report.

Prior Presentations
Gill PJ, Kitney L, Vanderpluym J, Kozan D, Lewis M. PedsCases: A Collaborative Pediatric Medical Education Website for Medical Students. Poster [P-85] presented at: Canadian Conference for Medical Education (CCME); 2009; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Gill PJ, Kitney L, Vanderpluym J, Kozan D, Lewis M. PedsCases: A Collaborative Pediatric Medical Education Website for Medical Students. Poster [#1983] presentation at: Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Research Day; 2008; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.



Citation

Hayward J, Gill P, Lee J, Dicken B. PedsCases - a learning module for interpretation of pediatric abdominal x-ray for medical students. MedEdPORTAL. 2012;8:9199. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9199

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