In April, 2001, 2 pediatric journals, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Pediatrics, published simultaneously a supplement on “Challenging Cases.” Thirty-three clinical encounters, representing a variety of developmental and behavioral conditions from primary care practice, were summarized and followed by commentaries from clinicians representing different disciplines. The focus of learning was directed to primary care clinicians, both residents and those in practice. The Challenging Case section of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics continues to publish new cases. This second supplement is a compilation of the 21 cases published from 2001 to 2004.
Case-based learning has a long history in medicine. It is found in the historical writings of Galen, Maimonides, and Osl er. It is an important component of contemporary pediatric training and continuing medical education. Perhaps the most extensive description and research in this area come from the legal profession.1 As one who is an educator in both developmental-behavioral pediatrics and general pediatrics, I have found it to be a remarkably effective method of teaching, one that simultaneously teaches content while engaging the learner actively in the process of discovery.
I thank Mary Sharkey, Managing Editor, and Dr Suzanne Dixon, Editor, of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for continuing support. Dr Robert Perelman and Michael Clarke from the American Academy of Pediatrics were important collaborators in the process of the joint publication. Bonnie Petrauskas was invaluable in both encouraging the development of the supplement and in securing financial support from the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute. This publication is a part of the Institute’s Early Brain Child Development grant to the American Academy of Pediatrics. I also thank all the contributors who wrote insightful commentaries to the case. These commentaries reflect the use of evidenced-based medicine coupled with vast clinical experience of the contributors in understanding behavioral variations and developmental differences in children and adolescents.
- ↵Barnes LB, Christensen CR, Hansen AJ. Teaching and the Case Method: Text, Cases, and Readings. 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press; 1994
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