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COMSEP 2004 Florida Meeting

Poster Presentation:

Enhancing Pediatric Dermatology Training and Assessment Using an Interactive Module


 Nader Shaikh, MD; Phillip H. Kaleida, MD; Bernard Cohen, MD; Christoph U. Lehmann, MD

 Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Pediatric Dermatology

Background: 20% of patients seen by primary care providers exhibit dermatological problems. Moreover, due to the paucity of pediatric dermatologists, generalists' training in this area may not be systematic at medical institutions.
Objectives: The goal of this multi-institutional collaborative project was to develop a teaching and testing tool in Pediatric Dermatology for medical students and residents.
Methods: Principles of adult learning were applied in the overall design of this project. Using a digital camera, we photographed selected lesions encountered in the primary care clinics of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Each case was reviewed online by a Pediatric Dermatology Consultant. We are currently developing an interactive teaching module and a companion testing module.
Results: The teaching module will consist of self-instructional case-based interactive scenarios representing common pediatric skin conditions. For each case, the trainee will be asked to submit his/her top 3 diagnoses after reviewing the photographic findings. Then, a description of the rash or lesion, a brief overview of the condition and a clinical pearl will be provided. In order to facilitate formal examination of trainees' knowledge of pediatric dermatology, a companion testing module will be designed.
Conclusions: The use of interactive, case-based teaching and testing tools utilizing digital photography offers the potential for enhancing training and assessment in the field of Pediatric Dermatology.