Session to examine misdiagnoses and how to reduce them

Blast-DiagnosingThere are a host of medical and non-medical factors that influence physicians during diagnosis that are not always understood, which led the Institute of Medicine to study these factors and their impact. Learn about those factors Saturday during “Diagnostic Mistakes: Understanding How We Misdiagnose” (S012).

The session, presented from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 311, will feature faculty members discussing misdiagnosis, under-diagnosis, and over-diagnosis, and efforts to prevent them.

Speakers also will discuss the impact of the IOM report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” including its impact on dermatologists and their patients. Topics addressed in the report include why misdiagnosis happens through human cognition and systems errors, and the limits of diagnostic tools.

Opportunities to prevent misdiagnosis also will be examined. Those opportunities include new data on the role of teledermatology in reducing hospital admissions for cellulitis and the role of electronic tools in reaching an accurate diagnosis.

James S. Taylor, MD, is the course director and Robert Swerlick, MD, is the co-director. Other faculty members and their presentations:

  • “Diagnosing the Diagnostic Dilemma — The 2015 Institute of Medicine,” Gordon Schiff, MD
  • “What Is a Diagnosis and What Are the Limits of Our Abilities to Diagnose and Predict?” Dr. Swerlick
  • “How We Diagnose and the Limits of Systems Tools and Human Cognition,” Jason Bok Lee, MD
  • “Diagnostic Challenges in Dermatology: Missed Diagnoses and Malpractice,” Max S. Stich, JD
  • “Diagnostic Challenges in Dermatology: Over-Diagnosis,” Dr. Swerlick
  • “Opportunities for Prevention of Errors: Cellulitis and Hospital Admissions,” Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH
  • “Opportunities for Prevention of Errors: Will Electronic Tools Make us More Effective Diagnostic Thinkers?” Arthur Papier, MD
  • Panel Discussion and Audience Question, all faculty members

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