Medicine & Dentistry-Pediatrics
University of Alberta
MBBS, MHPE, FRCPC
Summary of research:
1. Quality of referrals to a tertiary care pediatric rheumatology center and effects on access to care. This project performs an audit of referral letters to pediatric rheumatology as the final step before a child gets to see a specialist. We are evaluating the content of letters as well as the effects of incomplete one's in a child's journey to accessing pediatric rheumatology care where there are already recognized delays. Results from this study will translate into identifying specific areas of knowledge deficiency in referring doctors to pediatric rheumatology in order to educate around best practices. 2. Confidence in pediatric musculoskeletal examination in medical students. 3. Confidence in pediatric musculoskeletal examination in Canadian pediatrics residents. Projects 2 and 3 are focused on the confidence of medical students and pediatric residents in performing pediatric musculoskeletal examinations. As up to 30% of presenting complaints to generalists will be musculoskeletal in nature, being able to perform an accurate musculoskeletal examination is critical. However, the literature suggests that many doctors who see children are not comfortable examining their joints. We are performing surveys of learners and their confidence in performing musculoskeletal examinations before a structured musculoskeletal workshop (intervention, pilot for undergraduate and pediatric postgrad curriculum) as well as post-workshop questionnaires. Results from this study has the potential to inform educational gaps and lay the foundation for curricular improvement.