Resources for Educators

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine offers these resources for trainees, practitioners, and educators examining clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and systems factors that underlie diagnostic error, and strategies to improve diagnostic performance.

Clinical Reasoning Toolkit

Diagnostic Reasoning is a fundamental skill for any clinician. 

The Clinical Reasoning Toolkit presents a collection of go-to resources for clinicians endeavoring to develop their clinical reasoning skills. It also includes a special section just for those teaching the next generation of physicians and other members of the clinical team. 

Assessment of Reasoning Tool

Errors in clinical reasoning are central factors in many diagnostic errors. 

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine has developed a straightforward Assessment of Reasoning Tool to support educators in assessing a learner’s clinical reasoning skills during patient presentations.

Curriculum on Diagnosis 

Consensus curriculum to reduce error though education.

The Inter-Professional Consensus Curriculum on Diagnosis sand Diagnostic Error project is bringing together experts to refine education and training provided to clinicians, paving the way for improvements in patient safety.

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.

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.

SIDM Diagnostic Medicine Fellowship

SIDM will match you with experienced mentors who are recognized leaders in the fields of diagnostic error education, research, or practice improvement.

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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