VisualDx provides problem-oriented decision support for differential diagnosis, testing, and therapeutic decisions. VisualDx includes the world’s best dark skin atlas and most equitable image collection of disease presentations in people of all skin colors.
With virtual education a must-have in this post-COVID world, VisualDx has created readily available resources to assist both in the classroom and online education.
VisualDx can help you and your program teach:
- Clinical reasoning skills
- Point-of-care information access
- How cognitive bias impacts accuracy and diagnosis
As the quantity of medical knowledge exponentially grows, many medical curricula remain designed around ensuring students achieve high scores on multiple-choice examinations. Emphasizing the memorization of disconnected facts is not an educational paradigm.
The solution is not to add more soon-to-be-replaced facts to an already overwhelmed student brain. We need to create an educational and care delivery system that rewards thoroughness, logical competence, procedural skills, and excellence in information acquisition.
Our patients deserve a disciplined approach to evidence-based problem solving and logical clinical decision making. To achieve this goal, we are certain that students, residents, and clinicians need highly reliable tools designed for the decision-making moment. We need to train students on the tools they will actually use.
Variability of care delivery in medicine has existed for decades. More than 50 years ago, Lawrence Weed, MD, challenged those in the medical profession to consider the burden of our cognitive mistakes, the lack of feedback loops in medicine, and the over-reliance on the unaided human brain.
After creating the Problem-Oriented Medical Record and SOAP note format, Dr. Weed spent decades tirelessly advocating for the creation of systems to augment medical thinking. VisualDx is dedicated to Dr. Weed’s vision of augmented intelligence and the primacy of the patient in medical decision making. We encourage all students, residents, and physicians to view his 1971 Emory University Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.MEET DR. WEED
Visualizing Clinical Decision-Making in Medical Education and Training
At VisualDx we are thinking about, and innovating upon, these fundamental challenges:
- How do we improve clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis skills?
- How do we improve the learner’s logical competence?
- How do we get our students to be life-long information acquirers of knowledge and evidence?
We offer a solution to these questions through our hybridizing clinical decision support with educational cases. By using problem-based exercises in conjunction with clinical decision support technology students develop better clinical reasoning skills and learn the importance of evidence.
Case Vignettes Vol. 1
Use case stories to teach problem-solving with VisualDx.
Case Vignettes Vol. 2
Bites, stings, and infestations.
Case Vignettes Vol. 3
Emergency and urgent care.
Students learn by inputting case findings in VisualDx, reviewing the differential diagnosis, and then discussing their logic.
Top Ten Cases
For educators: Challenge your students to identify the diagnosis based on case photos. Contact us to receive a series of case lectures.
Disease Appearance: Variations in Skin Presentations
Learn how skin diseases present on different skin types.
Dermatology Educational Resources
Fine-tune your dermatology terminology and test your visual diagnostic skills with this free online tutorial. Five lessons include material in every area of the dermatology fundamentals as well as self-paced tests.
Download a lecture Powerpoint that includes several topics including “Identifying skin lesions,” “Introduction to Morphologic Variation,” and “In-class exam.”
The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research
A series of four educational webinars in which clinical experts, thought leaders, and advocates discuss issues of health disparities, structural racism, and medicine while examining specific dermatologic diseases. This event series is brought to you by the Skin of Color Society, NEJM Group, and VisualDx.Get Access
National Dermatology Kodachromes
A cornerstone of education for dermatology residents and beyond. Our National Dermatology Kodachrome sessions include a didactic from an esteemed physician followed by an interactive quiz that puts your pattern recognition and diagnostic skills to the test.
June 15, 2021: Dr. Trilokraj Tejasvi
Dec. 9, 2020: Dr. Robin Gehris
Sept. 22, 2020: Dr. Misha Rosenbach
May 16, 2020: Dr. Jeffrey Callen
May 2, 2020: Dr. Jeffrey CallenGet Access
3: Skin Conditions in Primary Care
5: Solitary Lesions
Medical Education Series
External Resources to Support Education in Diagnostic Reasoning
Getting it Right: Cases to Improve Diagnosis from the ACP
Aquifer Diagnostic Excellence: A Case-Based Course
SIDM Foundational Reading in Diagnostic Errors (PubMed Links and References)
SIDM Consensus Curriculum on Diagnosis
Resources and References
Unanswered Clinical Questions: A Survey of Specialists and Primary Care Providers
Most of the 292 respondents encountered clinical questions at least a few times per week. While the vast majority often or always pursued answers, time was the biggest barrier for not following through on questions.