January 2018 What I’m Thinking About…

Three Perspectives on how to Enrich Trainees’ Clinical Reasoning

Drs. Kevin Eva, Renate Kahlke & Jon Ilgen

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

  • formal presentations and discussion from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, ongoing moderated discussion 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • feel free to bring a bagged lunch


  • LSC 1312 (host venue)
  • DHCC 2262
  • CWH SHY F414
  • NHSC 9-374
  • MSB 131
  • RJH CA 011


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Clinical reasoning is a complex process, and even experts can have a difficult time identifying how they think and make decisions in often ambiguous clinical situations. Thus, even though clinical reasoning is central to the work of health professionals, it is not surprising that clinical reasoning has proven troubling to teach. That said, reasoning isn’t a completely opaque process. This WITA will offer three different (though not mutually exclusive) perspectives on clinical decision-making: clinical reasoning as an act of diagnostic decision-making, clinical reasoning as a process enabling patient management, and clinical reasoning as embedded within sociocultural contexts.


After this session, we hope that participants be able to:

    1. Discuss the tensions between three different perspectives on clinical reasoning
    2. Discuss the implications of each perspective for teaching clinical reasoning
    3. Reflect on their approach to teaching reasoning


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 1.0 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

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