Case Selector

 
Interactive feature available on larger devices.

Brief summary:

Cases are divided by Complexity and Independence.

Complexity describes how diagnostically or conceptually difficult the case is itself.

Independence describes how much the student has to “figure out” the case on his or her own (vs. having the site explain it.)

 

Complexity

Low Complexity:

Cases with simpler anatomy and a straightforward cause of death.

High Complexity:

Cases tending towards diagnostic uncertainty and requiring integration of complex clinical histories.

 

Independence

Low Independence

Cases with a high amount of explanatory audio; and guiding discussion questions to assist with thinking and assessment.

High Independence

Cases may have little or no explanatory audio; and few or no discussion questions. The viewer functions more independently, as though meeting a “real-world” case.

Statements like “No Explanatory Audio” or “No Discussion Questions” let you know the case requires more independent assessment.

 
 
 

 

Case Selector

 
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Low
Independence

Extensive audio, explanations, and guiding questions. The site mostly guides you and explains the case.

 
 

 
 

High
Independence

Little or no audio, explanation or discussion questions. You’re on your own to figure out the case from the history, video and your skills. Or, discuss and collaborate with colleagues.

  

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How to use the Case Selector


Scroll through options above.

Cases are divided by Complexity and Independence.

Complexity describes how diagnostically or conceptually difficult the case is itself.

Independence describes how much the student has to “figure out” the case on his or her own (vs. having the site explain it.)

Cases towards the bottom of each list are “High Independence.” Statements like “No Explanatory Audio” or “No Discussion Questions” let you know the case requires more independent assessment.

 

Complexity

Low Complexity:

Cases with simpler anatomy and a straightforward cause of death.

High Complexity:

Cases tending towards diagnostic uncertainty and requiring integration of complex clinical histories.

 

Independence

Low Independence

Cases with a high amount of explanatory audio; and guiding discussion questions to assist with thinking and assessment.

High Independence

Cases may have little or no explanatory audio; and few or no discussion questions. Viewer functions more independently, as though meeting a “real-world” case.

 
 
 

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Students early in training may start with Low Complexity cases with Low Independence. Advanced students make take on High Complexity cases with High Independence. This is just like a residency or other clinical training program where independence develops with learning and experience. Or an instructor may assign a High Independence case at the end of the course to see what the student has learned and can bring to an “unknown” case (where the “answers” are not provided by the site).

Case summaries on this page are highly simplified. The complete histories and more educator content is found in the History.

Note from the Director: This page is as close as the site will get to providing concise “cause of death” statements. The goal of the site is not to function as an “expert with answers,” but to let the body teach, guide with questions and engage in the clinical-investigative process.

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