About

Background

Welcome to The Hub – Pediatrics, the online resource and study guide for second and third year medical students learning about pediatrics at the University of Toronto (U of T).

This online interactive tool was created in response to the student need for up to date, relevant and distilled resources to use for clinical reference and studying pediatrics topics. This resource contains 19 essential topics or presenting complaints that a medical student is expected to encounter during their exposure to pediatrics.

For each topic there may be clinical cases, videos, clinical decision rules, guidelines, and references to use for learning and self-assessment purposes.

This resource is not an all-encompassing syllabus. For third year medical students please use other sources to fully prepare for the Pediatrics examination (including seminar notes, CLIPP cases, Peds On The Go) as outlined on the Portal.

Content

All content that is referenced on the website other than videos and visual aids come from peer-reviewed journals and grey literature. Each of these articles/guidelines will be posted after copyright is obtained.

The Hub committee has been created as a subcommittee of the Paediatric Undergraduate Medical Education Committee (PUGMEC). This committee will meet annually or more often if necessary. Topics will be review at least biannually by the Hub committee and updated according to recent literature and relevance for the curriculum.

In June of every year, each topic will be assigned to a faculty member for review. The Hub committee will then review each of the topics again for accuracy and relevance.

Proposals from outside the Hub committee for additions or changes of content will be categorized into:

  1. Additions or changes to existing topics
  2. New topics

Suggestions for additions or changes to existing topics can be submitted via the website under the Contact tab. This will go to The Hub committee for review.

The addition of a new topic will require the submission of a one-page proposal from the person proposing the topic. This proposal will contain:

  1. Topic objectives that align with the Pediatrics objectives.
  2. Rationale for addition of the topic.
  3. Suggested resources.

If a proposal is accepted, a clear plan will be made on maintenance of this topic area.

The Hub committee with the Pediatrics Director as Chair, is ultimately responsible for the content of the website.

Links

Each link on the website will be checked to make sure they are working by the Administrative Assistant on a semi-annual basis or more often as necessary.

Process for Communication of Changes/Additions in Content

The website will indicate when the most recent and upcoming review will be for that content area.  The process for submitting changes/additions will be made clear on the About tab on the website.

Ownership

The website is owned by the Undergraduate Education Committee of Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto.

Special thank you to Brandon Tang, University of Toronto MD Class of 2018 for the development of this resource.

 

Hosanna Au, MD RCPSC (Paeds) 
Assistant Professor, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Medical Education (Paediatrics), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Angela Punnett, MD RCPSC (Paeds) 
Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education (Paediatrics), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Marcus Law, MD MBA MEd CCFP FCFP
Associate Professor,
 Director of Foundations, MD Program
, Faculty of Medicine
, University of Toronto