Faculty Instructional Development


Clinical Reasoning Course Utilizes Case-based Instruction

This sub-section contains information about the Clinical Reasoning Course and its instructional method, case-based instruction (CBI), including facilitator resources, scholarly articles, video tutorials for logging into ThinkShare™ and locating other resources.

The Clinical Reasoning Course (CRC) utilizes case-based instruction (CBI). CBI emphasizes learning in relation to the application of scientific concepts and medical knowledge to a realistic medical case. The CRC is based upon reflective pedagogy. Much like the work of Donald Schon (1993), this approach to teaching and its structure for learning involves reflection in and on the case-based process. Therefore, students are asked to frame their medical investigation by asking questions, and then to hypothesize what might be happening in that case. Students are always asked to provide a rationale for what they think and what next steps they propose to take. After describing an initial set of hypotheses with rationaels, students are prompted to consider what they need to know and how that new information might change their provisional diagnoses or their approach to the case. 

Before coming to a faculty faciltiated small group session, students are encouraged to consider peer ideas. Not only WHAT peers think, but HOW they conceptualize a problem or its resolution. The purpose of reviewing peer ideas is to inform their own thinking process. Students use an online tool to submit and share ideas. They may revise their work at any time.

Facilitators may view all the versions of student work online and offer feedback through private online messaging using the ThinkShare™ web-based problem-solving tool. 

Clinical Reasoning Course Directors and Team

Paul St. John, PhD and Dr. Alice Min, MD, lead an interdisciplinary team in developing curriculum, providing support for case authoring, and facilitator instructional development. Team members are:

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The menu at left provides links to more detailed information about the course structure, pedagogy and online tools. Below is the list of faculty and education professionals involved in creating and implementing the Clinical Reasoning Course. If you have questions about the course, please contact the Course Directors.