Practicing medicine with technology starts by learning with technology.

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Our Purpose

VisualDx provides problem-oriented technology for differential support, testing, and therapeutic decisions. VisualDx includes the world’s best dark skin atlas 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
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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.


VisualDx 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.

Visualizing Clinical Decision-Making in Medical Education and Training

At VisualDx we are thinking about, and innovating upon, these fundamental challenges:

  • How do we improve clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis skills?
  • How do we improve the learner’s logical competence?
  • How do we get our students to be life-long information acquirers of knowledge and evidence?

We offer a solution to these questions through our hybridizing clinical decision support with educational cases. By using problem-based exercises in conjunction with clinical decision support technology students develop better clinical reasoning skills and learn the importance of evidence.

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Case Vignettes

Case Vignettes Vol. 1

Use case stories to teach problem-solving with VisualDx.

Case Vignettes Vol. 2

Bites, stings, and infestations.

Case Vignettes Vol. 3

Emergency and urgent care.

Problem-Based Learning

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

Top Ten Cases

For educators: Challenge your students to identify the diagnosis based on case photos. Contact us to receive a series of case lectures.

Disease Appearance: Variations in Skin Presentations

Learn how skin diseases present on different skin types.

Dermatology Educational Resources


Fine-tune your dermatology terminology and test your visual diagnostic skills with this free online tutorial. Five lessons include material in every area of the dermatology fundamentals as well as self-paced tests.

LearnDerm Companion

Download a lecture Powerpoint that includes several topics including “Identifying skin lesions,” “Introduction to Morphologic Variation,” and “In-class exam.”

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The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research

A series of four educational webinars in which clinical experts, thought leaders, and advocates discuss issues of health disparities, structural racism, and medicine while examining specific dermatologic diseases. This event series is brought to you by the Skin of Color Society, NEJM Group, and 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.

June 15, 2021: Dr. Trilokraj Tejasvi

Dec. 9, 2020: Dr. Robin Gehris

Sept. 22, 2020: Dr. Misha Rosenbach

May 16, 2020: Dr. Jeffrey Callen

May 2, 2020: Dr. Jeffrey Callen

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Pop Quizzes

1: Dermatology

2: Dermatology

3: Skin Conditions in Primary Care

4: Dermatology

5: Solitary Lesions

6: Dermatology

Medical Education Series

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