Simulation Center Clinical Reasoning


To develop skills and knowledge for clinical reasoning, including:

  • Appropriate history and physical examination
  • Establishing and testing a differential diagnosis
  • Appropriate use of laboratory testing, imaging methods, and other clinical testing
  • Therapeutic decision-making


The student will develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate history-taking and interviewing skills
  • Perform a well-organized physical examination appropriate for the patient's chief complaint or needs
  • Select the appropriate diagnostic equipment necessary to complete an examination and use the equipment correctly
  • Document and/or present a focused history and physical examination in an organized fashion according to a standardized format
  • Synthesize historical and physical data in order to develop a problem list or differential diagnosis
  • Order appropriate labs and ancillary studies in a fiscally responsible manner – using evidence-based practices
  • Initiate an evidence-based management plan for specific patient problems
  • Demonstrate communication skills with the patient, families, and other members of the healthcare team
  • Discuss the importance of interprofessional teams and working knowledge of each member’s skill set
  • Assess the patient’s medical status and need for rapid assessment
  • Assess personal and team base strengths and weaknesses through self-evaluation
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 37.00 AOA Category 1­A
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DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 15.0 AOA Category 1-A credit and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 37.00 AOA Category 1­A


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