Medical Education

Practicing medicine with technology starts by learning with technology.

Our Purpose

VisualDx provides problem-oriented decision support for differential diagnosis, testing, and therapeutic decisions. VisualDx includes the world’s best and most equitable image collection of disease presentations in people of all skin colors.

With virtual education a must-have in this post-COVID world, VisualDx has created readily available resources to assist both in the classroom and online education.

VisualDx can help you and your program teach:

  • Clinical reasoning skills
  • Point-of-care information access
  • How cognitive bias impacts accuracy and diagnosis

Our Commitment

As the quantity of medical knowledge exponentially grows, many medical curricula remain designed around ensuring students achieve high scores on multiple-choice examinations. Emphasizing the memorization of disconnected facts is not an educational paradigm.

The solution is not to add more soon-to-be-replaced facts to an already overwhelmed student brain. We need to create an educational and care delivery system that rewards thoroughness, logical competence, procedural skills, and excellence in information acquisition.

Our patients deserve a disciplined approach to evidence-based problem solving and logical clinical decision making. To achieve this goal, we are certain that students, residents, and clinicians need highly reliable tools designed for the decision-making moment. We need to train students on the tools they will actually use.

Our Inspiration

Variability of care delivery in medicine has existed for decades. More than 50 years ago, Lawrence Weed, MD, challenged those in the medical profession to consider the burden of our cognitive mistakes, the lack of feedback loops in medicine, and the over-reliance on the unaided human brain.

After creating the Problem-Oriented Medical Record and SOAP note format, Dr. Weed spent decades tirelessly advocating for the creation of systems to augment medical thinking. VisualDx is dedicated to Dr. Weed’s vision of augmented intelligence and the primacy of the patient in medical decision making. We encourage all students, residents, and physicians to view his 1971 Emory University Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.

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VisualDx Case Resources for Educators and Students

In addition to the VisualDx system, we create resources to be used in conjunction with VisualDx. These resources engage the learner in clinical decision making and improve their knowledge of the proper use of information technology.

Problem-Based Learning

Students learn by inputting case findings into VisualDx, reviewing the differential diagnosis, and then discussing their logic.

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Case Vignettes

Use our Case Vignettes case stories to teach hands-on problem solving and building differentials with VisualDx.

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Top 10 Image Challenges

Challenge your students or yourself to identify the diagnosis based on case photos.

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Dermatology Educational Resources

In addition to the VisualDx system, we create resources to be used in conjunction with VisualDx. These resources engage the learner in clinical decision making and improve their knowledge of the proper use of information technology.

LearnDerm

Students learn by inputting case findings in VisualDx, reviewing the differential diagnosis, and then discussing their logic.

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LearnDerm Companion

Download a lecture slide deck that includes several topics including “Identifying Skin Lesions,” “Introduction to Morphologic Variation,” and “In-Class Exam.”

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INFORMED: Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection

Use case stories to teach problem solving with VisualDx.

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National Dermatology Kodachromes

A cornerstone of education for dermatology residents and beyond. Our National Dermatology Kodachrome sessions include a didactic from an esteemed physician followed by an interactive quiz that puts your pattern-recognition and diagnostic skills to the test.

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