Providing a framework to help medical students diagnose patient cases.
MDes Visual Communication Design
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 26, 7 pm to 10 pm
Exhibition dates: May 24-June 4, 2005
University of Alberta, Edmonton
This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of
Master of Design in Visual Communication Design
Medical students require higher-order thinking skills to diagnose patient cases. In order to develop expert clinical reasoning skills, students require instructional support; however, activities explicitly facilitating the development of such skills are often overlooked in problem-based learning tutorials. Collaboratively constructed diagrams could provide a framework where students can identify, analyse, interpret and evaluate information from a patient case to develop a diagnosis. A paper prototype for a diagram construction toolkit was developed and tested with 13 students and 4 instructors. Data was collected and analysed to determine if medical students, with no formal visual training, can construct meaningful diagrams of a patient case when they are provided the right tools, and if the constructions can demonstrate tasks associated with higher-order thinking. Suggestions for modifications to create a computer-based version are recommended and future research opportunities are presented.