A Novel Educational Tool for Teaching Diagnostic Reasoning and Laboratory Data Interpretation to Veterinary (and Medical) Students

Holly S. Bender, Jared A. Danielson

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Abstract

The Diagnostic Pathfinder was designed to help students learn diagnostic problem solving by supporting them in explaining relationships among history and physical examination findings, data abnormalities, and the underlying mechanisms of disease. The Pathfinder has been used to teach diagnostic problem solving to veterinary students since 2001 and is currently in use at 10 colleges of veterinary medicine. This article describes how the Pathfinder works and summarizes results from studies exploring the effect of Pathfinder use on learning and satisfaction. Pathfinder characteristics are described in terms of their influence on cognitive load, and strategies are provided for effective implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-215
Number of pages15
JournalClinics in Laboratory Medicine
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Case based learning
  • Clinical pathology
  • Cognitive tool
  • Diagnostic reasoning
  • Expert thinking
  • Learning
  • Problem solving
  • Software design and development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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