Medical Home ScreenshotMedical home means:

"Primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective."

—American Academy of Pediatrics

The term "medical home" refers not to a specific location but to a way of practicing medicine and caring for children that reaches beyond medical needs to consideration of the non-medical needs of the children and their families. It is focused on assisting families in providing the best care for their children. In a medical home, the patient and family are active partners in all decision-making processes.

MedU's Medical Home is an integrated learning module that guides users toward a better understanding of several complex topics critical to the effective delivery of care within the medical home model, including creating a family-centered partnership and assisting families in navigating the healthcare system. Together, a series of cases and an accompanying set of readings and other resources (The Library) help students become familiar with these key concepts and enable translation of their acquired skills to the bedside. The material found in the Library is designed for review before, during, and after working through the cases.

MedU's Medical Home module is suitable for both independent and team-based study. See Teaching with the Medical Home Cases for more information.

  • Case 1: 16-year-old-girl presents with status asthmaticus -- Amanda (Antoinette Spoto-Cannons, MD, FAAP University of South Florida College of Medicine

  • Case 2: 11-year-old girl with meningomyelocele -- Sally (Janice Hanson, PhD Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Virginia Randall, MD, MPH Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)

  • Case 3: 2-year-old with language delay -- Peter (Su-Ting Li, MD, MPH University of California-Davis)

  • Case 4: Newborn with multiple congenital anomalies -- Angelo (John Gold, MD Michigan State University; Bill Wilson, MD University of Virginia) 

Other contributors

Kimberly Gifford, MD, Geisel School of Medicine (Project Co-Director)
Jerold Woodhead, MD, University of Iowa (Project Co-Director)
Jonathan Gold, MD, Michigan State University
Janice Hanson, PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Meghan McCoy, MD, Naval Medical Center
Jessica Perkins, Research Assistant, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Katherine Ratzan, MS4, Geisel School of Medicine
Sandra Sanguino, MD, MPH, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Laura Smals, MD, Drexel University College of Medicine
Antoinette Spoto-Cannons, MD, FAAP, University of South Florida College of Medicine
Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, FFACBP, University of South Florida College of Medicine

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