Educational Strategies to Promote Clinical Reasoning

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Led by:

Descartes Li, MD

Clinical reasoning is central to student and resident physician's professional development. We know it when we see it and we know when it is missing, yet it is hard to describe the elements of successful clinical reasoning. It is even more challenging to devise educational strategies that specifically focus on promoting reasoning for both struggling and successful learners.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Learn the basic components of diagnostic reasoning.
  • Analyze challenging cases of learners with clinical reasoning difficulties.
  • Review educational techniques that promote diagnostic reasoning.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

Describe the current knowledge and vocabulary pertaining to diagnostic reasoning.
Determine a learner's clinical reasoning deficit and propose an educational strategy.
Employ teaching methods that promote the development of clinical reasoning.
Set personal goals for applying the skills learned in this workshop to one's own practice setting, and review a tool designed to assess performance of new teaching skills.


UCSF is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The above credit is inclusive of all UCSF Educational Skills Workshops and the Teaching Scholars Program. Credit available for this event only is 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

UCSF Educational Skills Workshops and Med Ed Grand Rounds have been approved by UCSF Rehabilitative Services for up to 7 continuing education hours per year total. Questions regarding this approval should be directed to (415) 514-6779.

Course No. MGR21075.

Saturday, March 20 at 8:00am to 10:00am

Virtual Event
Event Type

Professional Development


School of Medicine


Faculty, Staff




Center for Faculty Educators