October 2019 Research Rounds

martin pusic

Systematic Practice Makes Perfect: A Discussion of Better Ways to Learn Visual Diagnosis

Martin Pusic, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
NYU School of Medicine
Faculty, Bellevue Hospital Center
New York, NY

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (feel free to bring a bagged lunch)


  • LSC 1312 CMR (host venue)
  • DHCC 2230
  • RJH CA 120
  • NHSC 9-374



Health Professions Educators have been challenged to come up with more efficient and effect ways of instruction that both protect the safety of our patients and are learner centered. Fortunately, there has been an explosion of new educational technologies that make possible creative new instructional approaches. In this presentation, we will present an example of Cognitive Simulations in which we downloaded hundreds of radiology, pathology and ECG cases – so many cases that the learner has at their disposal the same experience it would otherwise take years to accumulate. The vision is to have our learners practice on these cases in the same way a violinist would practice their scales: practicing to mastery before attempting the performance that matters. Using the results of our research on trainees at all levels of expertise, we will address questions like: How do we know how many cases to offer? Which cases in particular? What feedback is optimal? In what order?


A practicing Pediatric Emergency physician, Dr. Pusic also has expertise in human cognition as it pertains to education metrics, health informatics and the longitudinal assessment of clinical skills. These disparate areas of inquiry come together in the development of cognitive simulations for clinical trainees. Dr. Pusic was a co-investigator on NYU’s “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” grant, funded by the American Medical Association and has as similar role on an upcoming “Reimagining Residency” AMA project at Partners’ Healthcare in Boston. He Co-Chairs the “Master Adaptive Learner” interest group for the AMA Consortium. Along with Dr. Rose Hatala, he recently completed a U.S. Dept of Defense Grant entitled “An Adaptive Tutor for Improving Visual Diagnosis”. Dr. Pusic obtained his medical degree from the University of British Columbia, a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at McGill, and his PhD in Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.

Accredited by UBC CPD



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 program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 15 (1.5 per session) Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

RCPSC Accreditation

CHES Research Rounds is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.