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Schedule at a Glance

Cases in the Pediatric Immigrant/Refugee Patient: From Challenging Diagnoses to Ethical Dilemmas

Primary Leader:
Nicole Chandler

Co-Leaders:
Suresh Nagappan
Angela Hartsell

Objective 1:
At the conclusion of this session, attendees will recognize the clinical presentations of select diseases seen in the refuge population.

Objective 2:
Attendees will acquire insight into the ethical and moral issues arising in the specific refugee cases. Specific topics the attendee will review include: overcoming language barriers, family centered care, how to approach religious and or social conflic

Objective 3:


Summary:
Caring for a child from a refugee population poses unique challenges in medical decision making and introduces ethical dilemmas due to linguistic, religious and cultural differences. This difficulty is compounded by diagnostic uncertainty from illnesses not typically seen by the pediatric hospitalist in the United States. The focus of the session will be to expand hospitalists comfort with 1) the medical management and diagnosis of select diseases in the refugee/immigrant population and 2) approaching the ethical and moral issues that can arise. This will be a highly interactive session with time for discussing differential diagnoses and the evaluation/work up for selected cases. The session will include a brief review of the medical aspects of the case and ample time for discussion of the ethical, moral, and cultural barriers that each case presented. Specific topics of discussion will include: overcoming language barriers, family centered care, how to approach religious and or social conflicts affecting care, and how enhanced knowledge of a specific refugee population can improve patient care.