Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Improve How We Understand, Teach, and Assess Clinical Reasoning

Steven Durning, Michele Costanzo, Anthony Artino, Cees van der Vleuten, Thomas Beckman, Eric Holmboe, Michael Roy, Lambertus Schuwirth

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    Abstract

    Clinical reasoning is essential to the practice of medicine. There have been many advances in the understanding of clinical reasoning and its assessment, yet current approaches have a number of important limitations. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is promising because it permits investigators to directly view the neuroanatomical changes that occur with thinking. In this article, we briefly review current approaches to assessing clinical reasoning, discuss the emerging role and utility of fMRI in understanding clinical reasoning, and suggest directions for future research, continuing education, and practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)76-82
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Continuing Education in The Health Professions
    Volume34
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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