Clinical reasoning Workshop series

Clinical diagnostic reasoning is a key component to clinical competence. However, observation and assessment of clinical diagnostic reasoning skills in medical trainees is a complex task.

This three-part interactive workshop series will provide faculty with a shared understanding of key concepts related to clinical reasoning, as well as strategies and tools to teach and assess clinical reasoning in their learners. Each workshop is 90 minutes in length and is offered multiple times throughout the year. Target audience includes faculty who teach undergraduate and/or postgraduate learners in a clinical environment, as well as faculty educators who facilitate Discovery Learning or other small group teaching sessions. Specific workshop objectives and details are outlined below.

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For session dates, times and enrollment, please contact Mariette Seed (FD office) at +1 (780) 492-4609 or email: 

Workshop 1: The Fundamentals of Clinical Reasoning

Objectives:  By the end of this workshop, participants will:

1.     Define clinical reasoning

2.     Differentiate analytic and non-analytic processing, and the context in which each is used

3.     Implement strategies to guide your learners in organizing their clinical knowledge to develop clinical reasoning

Outline:  This first workshop in a three-part series will provide the participants with essential background information based on the literature on clinical reasoning in the context of medical education. By developing a common understanding of key concepts, participants will use cases and tools to practice explicit reasoning in ways that can be used with their learners in various educational settings.


Workshop 2: What’s in a Question? Effective Questioning Techniques to Foster Clinical Reasoning

Objectives:  By the end of this workshop, participants will:

1.     Describe effective questioning, and how questioning may promote clinical reasoning

2.     Critique questions used in a variety of clinical teaching settings/contexts

3.     Create effective questions for fostering clinical reasoning in their learners


Outline: This second workshop in a three-part series focuses on the use of carefully crafted questioning to foster clinical reasoning skills in their learners. Participants will critique questions from various clinical examples and will develop questions that may be used in their own educational settings to push learners to think more critically.


Workshop 3: Expanding your Toolkit for Teaching and Assessing Clinical Reasoning

Objectives:  By the end of this workshop, participants will:

1.     Identify challenges to teaching clinical reasoning in busy clinical settings

2.     Identify methods to address these challenges 

3.     Outline several practical education strategies that clinicians can implement to help learners at different levels develop their clinical reasoning skills

Outline: This final workshop in a three-part series focuses on practical tools for teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning in learners. Participants will identify challenges in their own clinical context.  A variety of tools will be shared, and participants will have the opportunity to apply these strategies to different case examples. Participants will identify those strategies that they may implement in their own educational context.