Medical Heuristics and Cognitive Decision Errors: Modeling Thought Processes Through an Integrative Curriculum
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Emergency medicine (EM) residents are forced to make patient care decisions based upon incomplete probabilistic information and prior experience. Heuristics are a useful cognitive tool via which limited information is processed and cognitive solutions are rapidly identified. However, the inappropriate unconscious dependence on these cognitive shortcuts often leads to decision errors due to the inability to recognize the biasing influence of mental processing. The goal of this educational project is the implementation of multi-layered curriculum via which EM residents will learn the basics of heuristic decision-making as well as the associated cognitive errors. The target audience is EM residents of all levels. Necessary equipment includes PowerPoint capabilities and a simulation laboratory.
Paolo W. Medical Heuristics and Cognitive Decision Errors: Modeling Thought Processes Through an Integrative Curriculum . MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2013. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/adea/publication/9375 http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9375
The purpose of this curriculum is the education of emergency medicine residents in both the basics of cognitive learning theory and decision errors. By the end of the curriculum the learner will be able to identify common cognitive errors as well as demonstrate an understanding of the basics of cognitive decision theory.
- Heuristics, Decision Theory
- Emergency Medicine
General Practice Residency
- General Practice Residency
Practice-based Learning & Improvement
Cognition, Human Learning & Problem Solving
Evaluation of Clinical Performance
Patient Safety/Medical Errors
- Clinical Skills/Doctoring
- Medical Student
Professional School Post-Graduate Training
Authors & Co-Authors
William F. Paolo, MD
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Effectiveness and Significance
The curriculum has been met with success and has been well received.
Special Implementation Guidelines or Requirements
A simulation laboratory is required for full implementation of the curriculum.
No specific lessons learned.
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