Patricia D Quigley,Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital,St. Petersburg,FL; Donnita Pelser,University of Kansas-Wichita,,; Rachel Cramton,University of Arizona College of Medicine,,; Charlette Blackful,American Academy of Pediatrics,,; Michael Potts,University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford,,; Srividya Naganathan,Rutgers RWJ School of Medicine,,


PediaLink, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) educational platform, is well established and widely utilized in graduate medical education. It will soon be available to medical students! Join our interactive workshop to learn how you can use PediaLink to enhance your clerkship.


Medical Educators and Clerkship Administrators can use PediaLink to:

-Draft course specific student learning plans

-Draft and/or review individualized student learning and/or remediation plans

-Monitor student progress

-Direct students to AAP resources


Students will be able to use PediaLink to:

- Improve performance on their standardized exams by utilizing Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP) questions.  A subset of questions has been carefully selected to reflect National Board of Medical Examiners pediatric subject exam content specifications and linked to the educational domains of the COMSEP curriculum.

-Draft individualized learning plans during their 3rd year clerkship rotation. Those interested in pediatrics can then continue to modify their learning plans throughout their fourth year of medical school, residency, fellowship, and continued medical education

-Access AAP educational tools and resources including Clinical Practice guidelines

-Optimize career planning by utilizing AAP student pediatric career resources including expert advice and tips on program selection, writing a personal statement, planning interviews, and preparing for the match

  1. Discuss ways administrators and course directors could utilize PediaLink
  2. Propose strategies for implementing PediaLink in their education programs
  3. Describe benefits of PediaLink for medical students

Methods and Content:

After a short overview of PediaLink and its widespread and successful implementation in graduate pediatric medical education, we will introduce the Medical Student Lens. Participants will get hands-on experience exploring PediaLink features during small group activities.  Participants will work in small groups to brainstorm implementation ideas and share with others in discussions.  They will have the opportunity to volunteer to become a PediaLink Medical Student Lens pilot testing site. Participants are encouraged to bring computers to explore the PediaLink Medical Student Lens first hand during the workshop.  


I. Introductions (10 min)

II. Overview of Pedialink in GME (10 min)

III. The Medical Student, Clerkship Director and Adminstrator Lenses (15 min)

IV. Small Group Work (25 min)

A. Each participant will join one of 4 small groups, and will work through one of the following tasks:

    1. Set up a clerkship roster
    2. Use PediaLink as a Course Management Plan
    3. Track mid-clerkship feedback
    4. Document a remediation plan     

V. Group Report out (20 min)

VI. Audience Reflections (15 min)

VII. Next Steps (10 min)

VIII. Wrap Up (5 min)