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Monday, August 14 • 11:35am - 12:25pm
We’re all teachers now II: Using and teaching problem based clinical reasoning skills in practice

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Veterinarians must make rapid decisions every day about diagnostic and treatment options for their patients. Clinical reasoning skills form the cornerstone of those decisions as well as a sound and appropriate (to the case) knowledge base. The latter also must include an understanding of important pathophysiological principles relevant to the patient’s clinical problem. However, knowing the facts is not the same as knowing what to do. Knowledge is only useful if it can be accessed, formulated and applied to the problem at hand.
Clinical reasoning is a complex process that varies enormously depending on the clinician’s preferred thinking and learning styles (of which they are often unaware), their past experiences and expertise, the clinical problem itself and the context in which that problem is encountered. In this lecture we will explore different approaches that can be used for solving clinical problems and how they may be taught and/or supported.  The strengths and weaknesses of nonanalytic reason or pattern recognition vs analytic reasoning processes such as inductive problem solving will be reviewed with the aim to assist experienced veterinarians to communicate their clinical reasoning processes to students and recent graduates. The importance of problem-based reasoning and reflective practice and how to support students and recent graduates to develop the skills to do so will also be discussed.  

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Jill Maddison

Professor of General Practice, The Royal Veterinary College
I am a graduate of the University of Sydney. I completed an internship at the University of Sydney, spent 18 months in full time private practice then completed a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Guelph, Canada. I returned to Australia and completed a PhD e... Read More →

Monday August 14, 2017 11:35am - 12:25pm
Room 5