Pediatric Mental Health

John Misdary, MD, FACEP

FCEP Pediatric EM Committee Co-Chair

Pediatric psychiatric holds have been the norm for years in the emergency department (ED) with a shortage of pediatric beds nationwide. Unfortunately, the problem has only grown worse during the pandemic. With schools closed, routines disrupted, and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, children are shouldering burdens that many were unequipped to bear. With the number of hospitalized coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  patients, bed space is even scarcer for these patients.  Most states are seeing upwards of a 400% increase in pediatric psychiatric holds.  Kids’ mental health-related visits have climbed steadily since the start of the pandemic, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. This has created a crisis of its own in pediatrics. read more

Active Learning: Tips to Improve Learner Engagement

Cheryl Yang, MD

With the transition to more virtual learning over the past year, capturing learners’ attention can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. What are some tips and strategies to improve learner engagement?

 

Active learning is an instructional method that engages students in the learning process. Active learning is superior to traditional lectures as it improves knowledge retention1, facilitates deeper understanding2, and encourages self-directed learning3.

Active learning strategies range from simple techniques that require minimal preparation to complex techniques that require more extensive preparation. Most techniques can be adapted for virtual learning (Tables 1-3). read more