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Course details

  • Duration:  5 weeks - 
    including live online sessions
  • Fees:
    - £400
  • Venue: Online
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This course synthesises core scientific knowledge with practical clinical scenarios to encourage a deeper understanding of infectious diseases in neonates and children, and to help you to develop your own framework to address any clinical infection problem. The course will encompass the common and important pathogens causing infections in children, the host and pathogen factors which contribute to severity and spread of infection, and the ways in which medical interventions, health systems and societal factors can influence the outcomes of infections. Throughout the course you will be helped to develop confidence in accessing and critically evaluating relevant basic science and clinical research literature. You will also be encouraged to critically appraise the basis of your own clinical practice, from cognitive biases to the evidence base for the guidelines employed in your day-to-day work, and to consider the consequences of each practice for individual patients and for public health.    

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Propose the most likely pathogens causing common and severe infection syndromes in children
  • Relate host-pathogen interactions to the severity of infectious diseases in children
  • Appraise the influence of individual and societal behaviours on infectious diseases in children 
  • Critically evaluate the benefits and risks of current and developing approaches to diagnosis, prevention and management of infections in neonates and children

Course structure & delivery

This fully online course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform as well as weekly online tasks and related activities for you to complete individually or in small groups.

These learning tasks will cover the cutting edge of paediatric issues in paediatric infectious diseases. This is supported by case-based learning and practical guidance.

The course adopts an active learning strategy which consists of:

  • Pre course reading/videos to read/watch to prepare for the course
  • Online activities such as reading, researching & lectures with related tasks to enhance & consolidate your learning via the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • Group work and group presentations.

All teaching is delivered by highly experienced infectious diseases paediatric practitioners and educators. You will be signposted to further resources and reading to help you to achieve your learning objectives. You are encouraged to approach the team for help if you need further direction or support in learning about these topics.

Who should attend?

Who should attend?
Paediatric multidisciplinary team members and paediatric doctors in training and those working within paediatrics who wish for postgraduate learning within paediatric infection and an entry point into research and academia.

Benefits of attending

Benefits of attending
At Imperial College, we have a world class paediatric infectious diseases team who work clinically as well as conducting ground-breaking research. As evidenced by the recent pandemic, infectious disease management in paediatrics is a challenging area of work for most practitioners within healthcare. Therefore, a course of this nature is likely to be of interest to both senior specialists and doctors in training as well as other healthcare professionals who want to update their knowledge and practice.