Differential Diagnosis

vCases® Believes: Narrowing differential diagnoses is best accomplished by asking the right questions, considering possible diagnoses, and using clinical reasoning.

After deciding the history is finished, before starting the physical, users of vCases create a list of possible diagnoses. Based on the medical record and history, this reveals a user’s knowledge and clinical reasoning. It also emphasizes the importance of differential diagnosis narrowing: which diagnoses are best supported by the findings? The DxLibrary® allows beginners to use vCases. Practice is critical: the best physicians consider the most possibilities and gradually rule out all but one. They learn to associate diseases with every new finding. Practice and self-directed, experiential learning teaches Clinical Reasoning skills that are reinforced in the Epilogue. Its unique, motivating, and personal analysis gives students feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their choices.

† “Integration, organization, and interpretation of information gathered as a part of medical problem-solving” (LCME: Functions and Structure of a Medical School, Liaison Committee on Medical Eduction, 2017-18)