Diagnostic reasoning in medical students using a simulated environment

  • Wesley Scott-Smith

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Diagnostic ability occupies a pre-eminent position in the skills of a doctor in modern society. Underpinning this attribute is a number of cognitive strategies which are gradually developed through a mixture of experience, acquired knowledge and training. These strategies include processing and structuring information, decision making, and the emergence of higher cognitive skills. The apprenticeship model in medicine assumes that students assimilate such skills during training, without ever questioning how they view or engage with the diagnostic role.
Date of AwardApr 2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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