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Fill in practice gaps during interactive session :

August 15, 2019

Editor's note:The 2019 AAP National Conference & Exhibition will take place from Oct. 25-29 in New Orleans.

You may have an idea about where your pediatric know-how could use a boost. Now you have a chance to get some hard data during an interactive session titled “Bridging the Gap: Assess and Improve Your Pediatric Knowledge” (A4200) from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in rooms 252-254 of the convention center.

Attendees will work through 15-20 case scenarios based on content from the Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP) Self-Assessment, said Roger L. Berkow, M.D., FAAP, editor-in-chief of PREP Self-Assessment and professor and vice chair of pediatrics, University of South Alabama. He will lead the session with Jerri A. Rose, M.D., FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and pediatric emergency medicine physician, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

PREP Self-Assessment is published annually and provides a review of general pediatric dilemmas. The 2019 version includes 291 case-based questions with explanations of the preferred response and a discussion of why other choices are considered incorrect.

The cases to be presented during the session were taken from questions in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 self-assessments that subscribers tended to answer incorrectly, said Dr. Berkow, who also is a member of the AAP Committee on Pediatric Education.

When reviewing PREP Self-Assessment data, some recurring themes emerged, which might indicate practice gaps, he said. The session will address some of those themes.

The scenarios will focus on “things that people would be faced with in the office and clinic and perhaps the emergency department,” Dr. Berkow said, rather than specific areas such as intensive care or inpatient care.

“Any general pediatrician could benefit from this, but more so people that are doing day-to-day patient care,” he added.

Dr. Berkow and Dr. Rose will present a clinical scenario, as well as photos and images, and then will ask questions regarding diagnosis, management or patient counseling. Attendees will use an audience response system to indicate their answers.

“I enjoy doing these kinds of audience response programs,” Dr. Berkow said. “They create a lot of interactivity with the audience and develop an overall improved learning opportunity for the people that attend the session.”

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