“Spotting The Sick Child” – An Outstanding (Relatively) Brief Pediatric Review Course

Spotting the Sick Child (3rd ed, 2015) is an outstanding relatively brief online pediatric review course.

I completed the second edition of the course in 2014. And I just completed the 3rd edition recently. It is an outstanding review.

I strongly recommend the course to all pediatric practioners (doctors, nurses, nurse practioners, and physician assistants).

The course is free after registration.

What follows is from the Introduction Page of Spotting the Sick Child:

In this third edition of Spotting the Sick Child, commissioned by Health Education England in 2015 and produced in conjunction with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, we have enhanced the resource to include:

  • Learning Points to provide additional insights and complementary information for individual videos
  • Repurposing of all video content in high definition
  • Full accessibility on mobile platforms
  • A completely redesigned user interface and improved navigation.


Spotting the Sick Child contains over 8 hours of clinical video content primarily organised into ‘Symptoms’ sections. These sections are further divided into Key Background Information, Key Points in History, Key Points in Examination and Red Flags. In Spotting the Sick Child each individual video now includes its own progress wheel, allowing you to easily determine which videos and how much of a particular section you have viewed.

Below each video you will find Learning Points. These provide additional information and insights to accompany the video you are watching. It is well worth taking the time to view these as any recent changes in guidance will also be covered here.

Each video also has an accompanying audio transcript, which is located directly below the Learning Points.


This section provides a range of externally linked resources selected by the Spotting the Sick Child editorial team to provide further background information.

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This section provides you with the opportunity to test your knowledge through answering multiple choice questions relating to clinical video cases. You will need to complete all activities in this section with at least an 80% pass rate to receive your Advanced CPD certificate.

My own favorite “go to” pediatric resources are Clinical Care Guidelines and Kids Health Info Fact Sheets (which can be used in a pediatric office and can be adapted for discharge guidelines) are from The Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne.

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