ReelDx kicked off its 2018 webinar series with Editorial Board member Michele Wolf, MSN Program Director at the University of Tampa joined by Dr. David Spiro, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician and Co-founder of ReelDx. Together they discussed teaching the diagnosis of a surgical abdomen in pediatric patients and how the use of real patient video in Michele’s Nurse Practitioner program has increased student engagement, impacted students’ clinical reasoning, and improved the achievement of learning objectives.
Amongst other elements, when teaching students in medical professions a sound approach to surgical diagnosis, a few key points emerged:
- Children who can walk well are less likely to have a surgical abdomen (hint: walk children as part of the exam).
- Ultrasound should be the imaging modality of choice to start with before moving to CT and associated ionizing radiation
- Children with special needs require special attention to detail; the parents are key to helping understand how these children respond to pain.
Watch the webinar recording here! And be on the lookout for our February webinar with an Emergency Medical Service (Prehospital EMS) focus.