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Module 4 - Otitis


Students will gain knowledge and develop clinical skills to accurately diagnose and treat acute otitis media (AOM), otitis media with effusion (OME), and otitis externa (OE).


Following the outpatient pediatric rotation, the student will be able to:

  1. Clinically examine a child's ear
  2. Demonstrate how to hold an otoscope
  3. Properly use an insufflator
  4. List the 4 characteristics of a tympanic membrane that should be described (position, color, translucency, mobility)
  5. List the signs and symptoms of AOM, OME, and OE
  6. Name the organisms associated with AOM and OE
  7. Describe antibiotic choices used to treat AOM and OE


AAP Guidelines (2013)       

Diagnosing Otitis Media - NEJM (video)

Otitis Media - Medscape (images)

Principles of Otoscopy (video) 

Pneumatic otoscopy  

AAP Red Book chapter on Judicious Use of Antibiotics

Reviewed 10/2015