Medical School for Everyone: Pediatrics Grand Rounds

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Professor Roy Benaroch, M.D.
Emory University
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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn the "fever action plan" - a resource for parents to refer to if their child has a fever.
  • Study some of the specific critical thinking and detective skills great pediatricians use to tell sick children from those who are going to be OK.
  • Take a look at Apgar scores, the dangers of neonatal pneumonia and congenital heart disease, and see how pediatricians take care of premature births.
  • Get up close and personal with the future of medicine, including gene therapy, fetal surgery, cochlear implants, and pharmacogenomics.

Course Overview

Kids, for all their youth and vigor, aren’t indestructible. They’re always growing, which makes their health needs different from those of the average adult. Enter pediatricians: trained medical experts whose sole mission is to help children reach their maximum potential.

Pediatrics, which focuses on the medical care of children from birth through adolescence, is one of the most fascinating specialized areas of modern medicine. Treating kids for everything from mild fevers to severe developmental disorders offers doctors an unrivaled set of challenges. For one thing, children often have a harder time communicating how—and what—they’re feeling. Furthermore, they’re constantly learning and exploring, which makes them especially prone to illness and injury. And the older they get, the more diagnostic complexities arise.

As painful as it can be to see suffering kids, to step into the shoes of a trained pediatrician is to better understand how these medical heroes diagnose common and uncommon illnesses in their young patients. The world of pediatrics makes for an exciting adventure in contemporary medicine, whether you’re

  • a parent or caretaker who wants to know when (and when not) to worry;
  • a practicing pediatrician looking for professional tips and strategies to use on the job;
  • a medical student considering pediatrics as a potential field of study; or
  • a casual learner hungry for the same medical problem-solving popularized in television and film.

Filled with the same high level of intrigue and insight that he’s brought to his other courses in the Medical School for Everyone series, Dr. Roy Benaroch invites you to follow him on more grand rounds cases—this time inside a typical pediatrics office. In Medical School for Everyone: Pediatrics Grand Rounds, you’ll don the doctor’s white coat for an accessible 24-lecture journey into the world of pediatric medicine. A general pediatrician and professor at Emory University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Benaroch introduces you to young patients who’ll sometimes test the limits of your knowledge—and challenge a pediatrician’s diagnostic skills—as you uncover clues to figure out appropriate diagnoses. And all the while, you’ll gain fresh knowledge about the world of pediatrics, including how pediatricians perform general examinations, how they cope with difficult patients (and their parents), and how they address some of the unique medical issues that only children face. You’ll also get a glimpse into how the field has evolved over the last century, and where it may be headed in the future.

Learn How Pediatricians Treat Kids

Good pediatric care, according to Dr. Benaroch, isn’t just about treating illness. It’s about making sure children have every opportunity to make the most of their lives as they become adults.

Throughout Pediatrics Grand Rounds, you’ll quickly see just how multifaceted and nuanced the medical treatment of children is, whether dealing with minor diagnoses like runny noses and ear infections or life-changing ones like cerebral palsy and neonatal pneumonia. Each of these stand-alone lectures presents you with a single case or series of related cases that you tackle alongside Dr. Benaroch, from initial symptoms and workup to the diagnosis and resulting treatment.

Here are just a few of the young patients you’ll encounter during your “office hours”:

  • Jenna, a 14-year-old girl whose complaints of stomach pain and resultant weight loss lead you on an in-depth exploration of different types of abdominal pain and their sources.
  • Vinny, a nine-year-old boy who comes to you with a small fever and cough… and then comes back with more complicated symptoms.
  • Ezra, a young boy whose symptoms expose you to a rare (but well-known) complication of ear infections.
  • Mabel, a three-year old with one-sided nasal discharge whose treatment requires some out-of-the-box thinking.
  • Chaz, a 16-year-old young man whose chief complaint of headaches sparks an examination of complications from underlying health concerns.

A Panic-Free Resource for a Child’s Health and Wellness

Whether you decide to experience these lectures in sequence or watch them in the order of your greatest areas of interest, Pediatrics Grand Rounds is packed with information about children’s health. But sometimes children (whether babies, infants, or teenagers) have concerns that extend beyond the traditional realm of medicine.

Dr. Benaroch has crafted the perfect tool for parents and caretakers who want a panic-free resource for thinking about all the major aspects of their child’s health and wellness.

  • Sleep: A good night’s rest is one of the most important things children of any age need. But sometimes, children have trouble sleeping—which can eventually spiral into a whole host of medical issues. You’ll get sound advice on everything from “resetting” a child’s body clock to cultivating healthy associations with sleep in fussy children.
  • Discipline: How do you deal with compulsive lying and temper tantrums? According to Dr. Benaroch, disciplining your child when necessary isn’t about punishment. It’s about teaching. “Punishment is one tool,” he says. “But it’s often not the best tool. And punishment used too often just won’t work. Effective discipline takes multiple tools, time, patience, and love.”
  • Mental health: The psychological and emotional well-being of a child is paramount to their future success in adulthood. And while the assistance of a child psychologist is sometimes necessary, the best behavioral and psychiatric care starts with the physicians who’ve grown to know a child best. A pediatrician’s knowledge of a family as a child ages gives him or her important insights into potential root causes—and can also be a source of strength for the child’s family.

Solve the Big Mysteries inside Little Patients

Resoundingly popular with lifelong learners, the Medical School for Everyone series is a powerful stage on which Dr. Benaroch exhibits his remarkable educational skills and his depth of medical knowledge. But what elevates this particular course from its companions is Dr. Benaroch’s career as a practicing pediatrician.

Whether he’s dealing with a premature infant, a case of international adoption, or a homeless youth, Dr. Benaroch treats every case in this course with care and compassion. You’ll quickly learn how the best pediatricians are caretakers and counselors, and are always there for the children they love to help. The experience of helping sick children is exciting and rewarding—especially when it transforms lives for the better.

“They’re little kids, sure,” Dr. Benaroch says of the patients in this course. “But there are some big mysteries to solve.”

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24 lectures
 |  Average 30 minutes each
  • 1
    Fever: Then and Now
    How do pediatricians treat the unique needs of children? This introductory lecture examines early pediatrics (using Helen Keller as an example), walks you through a 21st-century pediatric exam, notes the challenges pediatricians face, and presents a fever action plan" you can refer to when a child has a fever." x
  • 2
    The Challenges of Pediatrics
    Assume the mantle of medical student and join Dr. Benaroch in his pediatric office, where you'll meet Jenna, a 14-year-old girl suffering from abdominal pain. As you follow the steps pediatricians follow to narrow down a diagnosis, you'll also learn about different types of abdominal pain and their root causes. x
  • 3
    Struggling with Ear Pain
    Focus on one of the most common medical problems diagnosed by anyone who provides medical care for kids: ear infections. While it may seem like a simple problem, it turns out there are a lot of ways ear infections present themselves-and a lot of ways doctors treat them. x
  • 4
    The Allergic March
    Welcome to the complex world of childhood allergies. How do pediatricians know when to diagnose a specific allergy? How do allergies cause different problems at different ages? What are the best ways to avoid specific allergens? Follow one patient on the allergic march" as his symptoms evolve, beginning with eczema." x
  • 5
    Problems with Growth
    All healthy children should grow well, but sometimes they don't grow as expected. Consider the catalysts of growth in the human body and the places where growth can go wrong, including hormonal imbalances and rare genetic conditions. Then examine one young patient's growth dilemma and see if you can figure out the cause. x
  • 6
    Childhood Obesity
    Meet Chaz, a 16-year-old whose complaint of a headache" sparks an in-depth discussion on childhood obesity. You'll cover the orthopedic complications, the psychological problems teens can suffer, the genetic influences of obesity, and ways to support healthy change in obese children." x
  • 7
    The Critically Ill Child
    Children are mostly healthy and strong, but they're nevertheless constantly vulnerable to infectious organisms. Learn some of the specific critical thinking and detective skills great pediatricians use to tell genuinely sick children from those who are going to be OK. Plus, discover why pediatricians should never trust a newborn."" x
  • 8
    Getting the Most out of Checkups
    In this lecture, learn the inner workings of routine pediatric checkups. Dr. Benaroch reviews standard childhood growth and development; discusses how screening tests, chart reviews, standard examinations, and anticipatory guidance" work; and offers insights to help parents get the most out of their child's next scheduled checkup." x
  • 9
    Noisy Breathing
    Get a window into how pediatricians uncover potentially serious symptoms that they sometimes can't see or hear. Topics include the differential" (a list of possible diagnoses), the importance of describing symptoms as accurately as possible, and why listening and building good communicative rapport are the most important tools in a pediatrician's toolbox." x
  • 10
    Trouble in School
    What role can (and should) pediatricians play when a child isn't doing well in school? Discover how doctors ferret out clues from kids unwilling (or embarrassed) to talk, and see how they work with parents and teachers to accommodate and alleviate scholastic stresses. x
  • 11
    The Premature Baby
    Visit a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that provides specialized care to sick newborns. You'll learn about Apgar scores (which judge a newborn's health), the dangers of neonatal pneumonia and congenital heart disease, and how pediatricians take care of premature infants. x
  • 12
    Pain as a Warning Sign
    Some pain is fleeting. Some pain should make parents worry. Discover how different specialists (including orthopedists, rheumatologists, oncologists, and psychiatrists) think about and approach pain in children. Then, find out how doctors break the news of a life-changing diagnosis to a child and his or her family. x
  • 13
    Better Sleep for the Whole Family
    Focus on helping children of any age (and their parents) get a good night's sleep. You'll learn how to establish healthy sleep associations with children, go inside sleep issues like narcolepsy and sleep apnea, and learn how to help reset" a child's body clock to get better sleep." x
  • 14
    Developmental Delay
    Getting to know children as they grow lets pediatricians see how problems manifest at different ages. Here, meet Casey, whose development over time is a window into the world of delays in growth stages-and discover how doctors and families adapt to these circumstances. x
  • 15
    Is This Child Normal?
    In this powerful lecture, a patient case study offers a look at what Dr. Benaroch calls the grey zones of normal." Witness how a pediatrician's ongoing relationship with his or her patient establishes the trust necessary to discuss issues of patient privacy, bullying, gender issues, and drug use. Find out how these confidences lead to an accurate diagnosis." x
  • 16
    International Adoption
    Discover what health challenges children adopted from other countries are likely to face when arriving in the United States. How do pediatricians handle language barriers? What screening methods are appropriate to get a good picture of a child's health? The secret, you'll learn, is doing the best you can with the clues you've got. x
  • 17
    The Tools of Discipline
    Meet several children trying to overcome behavioral challenges, including a compulsive liar, a six-year-old who won't sleep in his own bed, and an 18-month-old girl with temper tantrums. Along the way, you'll learn when to contact a specialist, the keys to effective discipline, and more. x
  • 18
    Psychiatry in Pediatrics
    From headaches to irritable bowel syndrome, many symptoms are affected by the connection between the mind and body, which makes understanding psychology essential to pediatric care. Here, Dr. Benaroch illustrates how pediatricians navigate the waters of behavioral and psychosomatic symptoms that have a significant impact on the lives of children and their families. x
  • 19
    Scratching for Clues
    Kyle, a homeless teen, arrives in your office complaining of a lump" in his neck. The path to Kyle's diagnosis leads you through topics ranging from toxic stress to prevalent diseases facing homeless youth (including mononucleosis and sexually transmitted diseases)." x
  • 20
    Common Symptoms, Uncommon Diagnoses
    Test your creativity with cases where common symptoms mask uncommon causes. There's Mabel, whose cold" has another cause; Peter, whose vomiting is not a typical tummy bug; Crystal, whose legs are covered in mysterious sores; and Vipul, whose nosebleed illustrates the unusual ways that children can get themselves into trouble." x
  • 21
    Coping with Pediatric Tragedies
    Sometimes, tragedies happen. Learn how pediatricians examine their patients, investigating every potential factor that might cause medical distress. Discover what pediatricians do in painful situations, and get an intimate view into how pediatricians work with families facing a loss. x
  • 22
    The Girl Who Turned Yellow
    Hailey arrives in your office with a urinary tract infection (UTI). But what happens when the treatment leads to something that's even more potentially dangerous? Gain insights into the two types of UTIs and the advantages-and disadvantages-of antibiotic usage. x
  • 23
    A Different Cause of Vomiting
    Follow Dr. Benaroch as he drills down through potential problems to the underlying cause of one patient's stomach pain and vomiting. Along the way, you'll learn how doctors determine the source of abdominal pain by dividing the abdomen into four quadrants, which contain different organs. x
  • 24
    Pediatrics of the Future
    Examine several cases that illustrate just how far pediatrics has come-and where the field might be able to go next. You'll get up close and personal with the future of medicine, including gene therapy, fetal surgery, cochlear implants, and pharmacogenomics (which can tailor medications to an individual's genetic makeup). x

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Roy Benaroch, M.D.
Emory University
Dr. Roy Benaroch is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. He earned his B.S. in Engineering at Tulane University, followed by his M.D. at Emory University. He completed his residency through Emory University’s affiliated hospitals in 1997, serving as chief resident and instructor of pediatrics in 1998. Board certified in general pediatrics in 1997, Dr. Benaroch practices...
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Medical School for Everyone: Pediatrics Grand Rounds is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "heavy" and well worthwhile. Going through again As above, I am going through it again, after a brief hiatus hitting other courses. This G. Rounds deserves the extra focus and review. I've wondered why MDs choose Peds, but surely partly it must be because pts cannot say what's wrong, can help you little, are helpless and could have a serious problem and it's all very critical or could be, and parents must be dealt with too and....phew. A challenge.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Storyteller One of the most engaging professors I’ve encountered.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sound, intelligent, ethical clinical medicine I have been teaching basic science biology to pre-medicine and dietetics students for many years, but I have not had training in clinical medicine. Dr. Roy Benaroch's "Pediatrics Grand Rounds", like his earlier "Grand Rounds Cases", have been very helpful in introducing me to how physicians think and how they interact with patients. Dr. Benaroch's presentations are clear and very thoughtful. He demonstrates the importance of being organized, flexible and open-minded as a physician works with patients and their caregivers in order to develop diagnoses and treatments. He patient-care style is soundly based in ethics and sympathy and concern in the humanity of his patients. I have learned a lot about how the basic science of anatomy and physiology is related to understanding and interpreting the symptoms of persons in the complexities of their experiences, minds and bodies. I have found these lectures very helpful and well worth the time I have taking to listen to them.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skilled Physician/Lecturer The doctor has a unique ability of both presenting medical information, and simultaneously modeling excellent bedside caring and compassion. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings within the world of medicine, and is still able to maintain a healthy connection with the lay listener. In summary, he is able to capture both the "heart" and "head" of medicine with great adroitness.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Courses Dr. Benaroch is such an interesting lecturer that I am always deeply unhappy when I arrive at end of his courses. I do hope he will find more subjects for future lectures. I have learned so much from him, and every half hour is a treat. If you are interested in medicine at all, his are the courses for you!
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little people does not always mean little problems Dr. Benaroch is a superb presenter who knows how to tell a story and captivate his audience. Each lecture focused on one topic, though some lectures featured more than one patient. He reiterates searching for clues and listening closely, which is a skill most of us could improve on. Beyond each pediatrics topic, I felt that Dr. Benaroch tried to sneak in a little information to all listeners that could benefit their own - or their families' - medical visits. For example, in one lecture about a boy who isn't developing within the norm, Dr. Benaroch explains why family members who come in for a wellness appointment shouldn't use that visit to address a specific medical concern: otherwise there isn't time to focus on a complete wellness exam plus the concern. I thought he was very subtle in trying to get his point across and looked forward to finding his secondary message in each lecture. With all the interesting anti-vaccination chatter on the Internet, it was no surprise that he touched on that topic in two separate lectures. I purchased this on a whim and was surprised at how much I loved it. I would definitely buy another course by Benaroch. He is a joy to listen to.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Offering in an Excellent Series The medical grand rounds series that TTC seems to be assembling is an excellent idea. It is obviously useful to any and every life-long learner and this course on pediatrics has obvious value to parents (and grandparents!). Each lecture focuses on one medical issue. The lecturer first presents the symptoms presented and then discusses the various possible diagnoses. In the process, the lecturer teaches rudiments of medicine as a laymen, not a doctor, would need to know them. However, the primary value of the course is not the medical knowledge imparted but rather development of a thinking process that any of us listeners can apply as layman triage and then to prepare a statement to a real doctor. It is also valuable in assessing whether you or a loved one should go see a doctor and how urgent it might be. Recommended for any parent, grandparent, or baby-sitter.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating peep into an unfamilar world This is the second Grand Rounds course I have taken given by Professor Benaroch, the other being focused on Emergency medicine. I found both of them fascinating and important for gaining a more than superficial understanding of a medical doctor’s perspective. The two courses are strikingly different in the sense that emergency medicine is entirely focused on the here and now, often involving serious or even life threatening scenarios; while many (if not most) of the aspects in Pediatric medicine have to do with knowing the patient over a long period, and being sensitive and aware even to small changes in normal behavior and function. It is often more focused on chronic problems. As in the previous course, I found Professor Benaroch to be simply outstanding. He presents cases as stories, and these are often seasoned with personal anecdotes that are not medical per-se in nature, but do convey much about Pediatric practice that one will probably not read in text books. As a good example, the visit of the adopted Chinese toddler, who immediately proceeded to empty his shirt pocket during the examination comes to mind. Apparently, a lot can be learned medically simply by this inquisitive behavior. The stories are extraordinarily vivid, and Professor Benaroch often literally plays the part of the Pediatrician - as if talking to the parents or patients – making the stories feel immediate and alive. I found the stories fascinating, because they are presented a bit like mystery stories: you hear about the hints that come up during the interviews, the lab results and the physical examinations, and you also get hints from previous history, but the diagnosis only comes through experience, medical knowledge and much common sense. Another point that is stressed over and over – a big part of the practice involves paying attention to every minute detail - even when it seems totally unrelated. In many of the stories, symptoms that appeared trivial turned out to be more serious than the parents or patients had expected. Entirely by coincidence, during the time I was listening to this course I had to pay two visits to the Pediatrician with two of my daughters. In the first case, my 9 year-old took what appeared to be an innocent fall, and later complained of soreness in the wrist. I was inclined to tell her that it will pass on its own but my wife insisted that we have it further checked. It turned out to be a hairline fracture. Very embarrassing…. In the second case, my 14-year-old complained about soreness in the eye. We took her to a Pediatrician who said it was probably an infection and gave her antibiotic drops, but also referred her to an Ophthalmologist at our request. It turned out to be an allergic reaction that could have been potentially dangerous for the eye. Totally different treatment was prescribed. The reason I am writing this is because I believe that having heard the course, I had a better understanding not of the specific diagnosis – but simply that things can be much more complicated and serious than they appear. We were both more inclined, as parents, to take the trouble to get everything thoroughly checked out. I can honestly say that perhaps I may not have been so careful otherwise.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for my commute! I have been binge-listening to this course - it's really engaging and covers wide range of topics/issues. Invaluable for any parent who has been through or known children who have experienced many of these health issues. Dr. Benaroch is fantastic to listen to and its fascinating to hear his inner thought process as he evaluates these patients. A few topics left uncovered - maybe a part 2 is needed!
Date published: 2016-04-22
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