Does a Med School Degree Guarantee Diagnosis Skills?

Dr. Craig Knoche, President and Dr. Judy Kalinyak, Director, Clinical Curriculum Integration explore if having a med school degree guarantees diagnosis skills.

“First do no harm,” a phrase found in Epidemics, Book I, of the Hippocratic school, is a core principle in the education of medical students and is the belief of the patients being treated by their physician. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis results in an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 U.S. hospital deaths annually, and approximately 5% of autopsies identify lethal diagnostic errors for which a correct diagnosis with proper treatment could have averted the death. In the outpatient setting, one in every 20 U.S. adult patients is misdiagnosed every year. Half of these misdiagnoses result in some form of morbidity. Upon further analysis, deficiencies in patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning account for 17% of all adverse medical events.  Read more at MedPage Today…

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