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Teaching Medical Students Clinical Reasoning Skills

Windish, Donna M. MD

Educating Physicians: Essays

To be an effective clinician, a physician must excel at clinical problem solving. Nevertheless, few physicians have been specifically taught clinical reasoning skills during their medical training. This paper describes the format used to teach clinical problem solving to second-year medical students at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Dr. Windish is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (class of 1999) and is currently doing her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Dr. Windish worked on developing the Clinical Reasoning curriculum during her fourth year of medical school as her senior selective project.

Address correspondence to Dr. Windish, 1209 East Avenue #9, Rochester, NY 14607.

The author thanks Dan Henry, MD, Lynn Kosowicz, MD, Judy Lewis, MPhil, Eugene Orientale, MD, Eileen Storey, MD, MPH, and Sara Thal, MA, at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, for their thoughtful contributions.

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