Childhood Development, Health, and Illness (CDHI)

The Childhood Development, Health, and Illness (CDHI) Longitudinal Curriculum will consider the context of normal health and development in children as well as the key diseases primarily affecting children including the important features affecting management of pediatric patients. There will be skill building and practice in terms of special features of history taking and examination of pediatric patients. Preventative healthcare, formation of healthy lifestyle habits, and recognizing the community resources and socioeconomic determinants of health unique to children will be featured. The core of the childhood development, health, and illness longitudinal curriculum will be the unique features of disease in children as well as conditions largely or exclusively manifest in pediatric patients. This content will be integrated through each of the courses and much of the curriculum will appear by way of contrast with the presentation in adults.

Longitudinal Curriculum Leader

Carol ODea

Carol Lynn O’Dea, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Email: Carol.Lynn.O'

Longitudinal Curriculum Objectives

    1. Compare and integrate normal and abnormal development, and childhood illness in the context of foundational science throughout all organ systems.
    2. Practice the different components of and approaches to a pediatric history on different age groups.
    3. Perform physical exam maneuvers with age-appropriate techniques on different age groups.
    4. Communicate as a healthcare provider with a child and his/her caregiver.
    5. Recognize there are different preventative medicine strategies for children according to age.
    6. Identify barriers to healthcare and the community and healthcare team resources available for children and families.