Resources for Clinicians

Diagnosis is a complex process. There are over 10,000 known diseases and only a small number of symptoms that point to an accurate diagnosis. While physicians get it right ninety percent of the time, the one in ten diagnosis that are missed often have devastating consequences. By overcoming cognitive limitations and biases, physicians can work to improve diagnosis.

Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Change Package

The Improving Diagnosis in Medicine change package is the result of a collaboration between the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) team and SIDM, with contributions of patients and their families. This resource is a tool to help reduce patient safety incidents caused by actions during the diagnostic process. Learn more.

Clinical Reasoning

The Clinical Reasoning Toolkit is full of resources to support clinicians in developing their Clinical Reasoning Skills. It also includes specific information for those teaching the next generation of physicians and other members of the clinical team. Learn more.


There are a wealth of checklists—which are used today in the medical field, and many other industries—that are specifically meant to ensure an error-free cognitive process for diagnosis. Learn more.

Getting It Right- American College of Physician Cases to Improve Diagnosis

These learning cases are for practicing physicians, encouraging them to think around diagnostic decision-making, how diagnostic errors may affect both patients and physicians in their daily practice of medicine, and how errors can be mitigated by physicians. The cases were developed by the American College of Physicians in collaboration with SIDM. The activity offers both CME credit and American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification points upon completion.

Virtual Patient Course from Aquifer & SIDM

Aquifer and SIDM have developed a FREE virtual patient course that contains foundational content about diagnosis, including factors that contribute to error and strategies that can be used to avoid error. The course introduces students to the cognitive processes and system-related issues that can lead to errors.

Journal Club

Join researchers in the field to discuss new and emerging research in the area of diagnosis. Journal Club meets a few times a year. Learn more.

Medical Education

SIDM offers resources to support trainees, practitioners, and educators in examining clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and systems factors that underlie diagnostic error. Learn more.


Resources for those interested in getting involved in research examining diagnostic accuracy, timeliness, communication, and the diagnostic process. Learn more.

 Other External Resources

  • IM Reasoning Podcasts - Dr. Art Nahill and Dr. Nic Szecket present case discussions, conversations and interviews that explore issues important to medical students, trainees and practitioners of clinical medicine, with a special focus on clinical reasoning--the once-mysterious process behind the remarkable abilities of the master clinician.
  • Lisa Sanders' Diagnosis Column in the New York Times
  • Missed It - Michael Green, MD's comic in the Annals of Internal Medicine


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