Such a late post, which is why I am posting both this and my study materials for the Peds EOR on the same day! Thank you guys for bearing with me while I try to survive school – Clinical year is a LOT better than Didactic year, but it definitely has it’s own set of challenges and stressors. I’m so thankful that I’ve made it this far and I can’t believe that in 7 short months (check out that count down on the side!), I will be graduating and heading off to take the PANCE to become certified!
I absolutely LOVED my Pediatric Rotation. It was very busy, but I genuinely enjoyed spending time with the kids and I felt like I learned so much from my preceptors – which is always the goal. Peds was a little different in that I actually didn’t wear a white coat during the rotation; we didn’t want to scar the kids with the “white coat effect”, but I was lucky enough to have a desk where I charted that I was able to leave a bunch of resources at. So here are some of the resources I kept in my “pocket” during this rotation
Pocketcard set – I bought this before my rotation, and while I think it was a great resource, it definitely would be more applicable to inpatient pediatrics than outpatient! It had APGAR scores, Pediatric resuscitation algorithms, normal lab values, oral and IV rehydration, developmental milestones, differential diagnosis of common conditions and more. I seriously recommend this if you’re doing anything inpatient.
Pocket Guide Book – I bought all of the “Pocket Guide” books that correlated with my rotation, and there are definitely some that are better than others. The Peds one is in the middle of the pack for usefulness. I found it helpful in it’s easiness to read and comprehend, and it was a very convenient size. There were some things that it was missing that I would have found appropriate for a Peds outpatient setting, but overall I was happy with the information in it. I also really enjoy how it presents information in a systems based manner, so I could read up on all of the different conditions related to each other.
Vaccination Schedule on Cardstock – Once you go to this link, go to the “programs” tab and select “Immunizations (schedules and booklets)” and then hit search! It’s free to order and takes about 2-4 weeks to arrive. I would probably get them in bulk by ordering as a class. This chart was super helpful in that it was a pocket resource with an easy to read vaccine schedule, and it also discussed some of the contraindications and “catch up” dosing for each of the vaccines. My only annoyance is that it claims to be laminated, when its really not, and mine ended up being pretty beat up by the end of the rotation.
Pediatric Dosage Charts – My momma bought this for me at a conference, and I found it super helpful during my rotation. By the end, I definitely had a lot of the more common dosages memorized, but this was a great resource to double check in.
These weren’t items that I bought, but resources that my preceptor provided me with and that I found super helpful!
Harriet Lane is the Holy Grail of Pediatric “quick” resource. I found it incredibly helpful to read during downtime or when I had a patient with a more complex diagnosis. I actually ended up going to the library and renting it because of how helpful I found it! So I used it a lot to study for the EOR as well as being a quicker, pocket resource.
“Red Book” is the AAP report of the committee on Infectious Disease. Its definitely NOT something to buy unless you’re sure you’re going into Pediatrics and your job is going to reimburse you, but it was extremely helpful. One of the most interesting tidbits I learned from this book is that you can give patients at high risk for Lyme disease (aka those who have a tick bite in a endemic region) a prophylaxis dose of Doxycycline to help prevent occurrence of the disease. This wasn’t something that I was taught in school, but it became very applicable in practice.
Other things I kept on me:
My stethoscope (duh!). I ended up using my Medelita ERKA stethoscope for most of this rotation, and I absolutely loved it! I could hear all of the asthmatic wheezing perfectly.
A pen and my Moleskin Notebook. I had the option of completing my case logs at clinic since I had open access to a computer, but I decided I really found it helpful to write down a little bit about each of the patients I had seen that day and review it at night. It helped me remember what I had seen in clinic that day when I went to study at night.
I hope you guys found this interesting! The entire time I was on Pediatrics, I was on the hunt for a concise, accurate Asthma Pocket Guide, so if you have one I would love to hear about it!
I would also love to hear your thoughts on any of these resources or ones that I didn’t mention!
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