Baby/Child/Health Preventive Care Objectives and References


By the end of the Family Medicine clerkship, a medical student will be able to:

1. Conduct an age-appropriate well child visit that includes physical exam, growth, nutrition and development.
2. Address parental concerns, social context, and safety and provide relevant anticipatory guidance
(eg. Dental caries, family adjustment and sleeping position).
3. Assess vaccination status and counsel parents on the risks and benefits of vaccinations.
4. Use an evidence-based tool to help guide a well child visit.
5. Identify patients who require further assessment.
6. Inform caregivers of appropriate routine follow up intervals.


Recommended Resources Addressing the Objectives
Rourke Baby Record (RBR) - evidence-based developmental history/exam/investigation checklist for babies 0-1month, 2-6month, 9-15 month, 18month-5yr Also includes vaccination track record + anticipatory guidance information
Objectives covered: All
Rourke L, Leduc D, Rourke J. Rourke Baby Record: Evidence-Based Infant/Child Health Maintenance. 2014; Available at:                                                   Accessed Aug/01, 2014.
Foundational knowledge
The well child exam: what, when, and why? (3 pages)
Dated, but great resource for getting a basic framework of baby/child/youth preventive care.
Objectives covered: 2, 3, 6
Feldman W. The well child exam: what, when, and why? Can Fam Physician 1985 Jan;31:73-75.
Additional resources
Resources for parents:
Good information on immunizations: