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1. What is PediatricEducation.org and what is its purpose?
PediatricEducation.org is a chronologically-organized, case-based pediatric digital library and learning collaboratory created in 2004 whose goal is to serve as a pediatric learning curriculum that unfolds in practice away from the point of care. It is designed for pediatric residents, fellows and attendings locally, nationally and internationally, delivering information in small granules into their workflow through microlearning.
For a more comprehensive explanation, please see About Us.
2. What are the advantages of using PediatricEducation.org as a learner?
- General continuing education in pediatrics that can be used for self-study or review (including examination preparation) in small amounts integrating into the learner’s daily work schedule
- Complementary and supplementary content exposure to diseases or problems to which the learner has limited or no exposure
- Patient care decision support (e.g. what are the current clinical treatment recommendations for acne?)
- Demonstration of the learner’s personal exposure to the ACGME competencies
3. What are the advantages of using PediatricEducation.org as a medical educator?
- Versatile educational content for different learner groups, venues, and educational applications
- A broad scope of content
- Demonstrations of the spectrum of a disease, the multiple etiologies of a symptom, key concepts to master within a specialty, and the variety of diseases within different age groups
- Use as primary or supplementary curricular content
- Demonstration of the learner’s personal exposure to the ACGME competencies used in an educational encounter or curriculum
4. Can you give me some specific examples of how the PediatricEducation.org cases can be used?
- Show the medical student on the computer a PediatricEducation.org case as an additional example of a disease or problem encountered in the outpatient clinic
- Print the PediatricEducation.org case and give it to the resident for her to learn more about a secondary disease or problem encountered in the outpatient clinic
- Together, the attending physician and the resident review the clinical guidelines on acne treatment referenced in a PediatricEducation.org case to help them review their own knowledge, and to confirm the treatment plan for a patient in outpatient clinic
- Suggest or assign the residents to review all the PediatricEducation.org cases of a particular disease, symptom, specialty or age group during their rotation
- Have the resident write an information prescription for a family using the automated references in the PediatricEducation.org cases
- Work through a PediatricEducation.org case during inpatient ward teaching rounds as one would in a case conference such as morning report
- Use the Questions for Further Discussion in the PediatricEducation.org case with medical students and residents to challenge their knowledge of the subject matter
- Ask the residents or medical students to find out the answers to the Questions for Further Discussion in the PediatricEducation.org case and report back to the team during teaching rounds the next day
- Ask the residents or medical students to use the automated references to determine how often a particular disease or problem is written about in the general press, and what is written about the subject
- Use the PediatricEducation.org cases as part of a resident continuity clinic lecture series
- Use the PediatricEduation.org cases as part of a course’s curriculum map for Pediatric residents, Family Medicine residents, Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellows, or medical students
- Work through PediatricEducation.org cases during small group discussions with medical students highlighting common pediatric problems
- Identify resident educational needs not currently being met and use PediatricEducation.org cases in formal case conferences such as morning report, as a complementary method of education
- Reference PediatricEducation.org as part of a formal lecture so learners can explore its content after the lecture
5. Has PediatricEducation.org been evaluated?
A new pediatrics case is being added weekly and there are over 88 cases available as of July 2006. Based on an analysis in April 2006, the PediatricEducation.org cases covered all age ranges (n=9, including fetal medicine and young adults) and all specialties (n=42, including allergy, genetics, travel medicine, dentistry, medical ethics, etc.). The symptoms covered by the cases are 67/127 (51%) and the diseases/problems covered were 94/707 (13.3%). Qualitative analysis of 100 user-submitted comment forms submitted in 2005 showed that the visitors represented the spectrum of learners from students to residents and fellows to pediatric health care providers (i.e. nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians) to professors in the domains of emergency medicine, family medicine, pathology, pediatrics, as well as radiology. The visitors used the site as a reference source to answer clinical questions; as a reference source to help them prepare for lectures, conferences, and informal teaching sessions; and as a self-directed learning tool for helping them to stay up-to-date and to help prepare for examinations.
A bibliometric analysis using rankings by the top Internet search engines (Google, Yahoo! And MSN which account for 88% of Internet searches) in June 2006, showed PediatricEducation.org is the top ranked / highest impact digital library for the term “pediatric education”
In a national competition, PediatricEducation.org received the 2006 Medicine on the Net Web Excellence Award for Outstanding Content for a Healthcare Professionals Portal.
PediatricEducation.org has been peer reviewed by the MedEdPortal of the American Association of Medical Colleges, The Recognize Success Via Implementation (RSVP) project of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the HEAL (Health Education Assests Library) and international pediatric journals. Please see the Reviews
D’Alessandro DM, D’Alessandro MP. Formative Evaluation of a Chronologically-Organized, Case-Based Digital Library Delivering an Unstructured Pediatric Curriculum. Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. San Francisco, CA 4/29/2006.
6. What are the future plans for PediatricEducation.org?
- Multiple-choice questions are written for each case currently so continuing medical education credit may be awarded in the future
- Expanded discussion of the PediatricEducation.org cases in a more formal virtual community of practice is being planned
- Formal documentation of the learner’s personal exposure to the ACGME competencies by using PediatricEducation.org cases is being planned