Clinical Reasoning Course

June 19, 2024

Clinical reasoning is a core competency for ensuring patient safety and the quality of patient care. It is a skill, process or outcome wherein physicians observe, collect, and interpret data to diagnose and treat patients. Problems flagged during “Physician Practice Reviews”, such as missed diagnoses and suboptimal documentation, frequently reveal gaps in clinical reasoning. This course aims to explicitly remind and refresh physicians of the foundational elements that support clinical reasoning. Participants will learn steps and tools that lead to a better clinical process and improved practice.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, learners will be equipped to:

  • Recognize the foundational elements supporting clinical reasoning.
  • Access your own mental pathways for clinical processes and reasoning.
  • Apply tools to self-evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

CME Accreditation: 
CFPC: This three-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 30 Mainpro+ credits.
RCPSC: This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development.  Participants may claim a maximum of 10 hours.


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