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Effective: Summer 2014

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Description -
Case based reasoning and critical thinking in the field of Interventional Pulmonology. Content will include critical diagnostic thinking, evidence-based medicine and quantitative studies in respiratory care.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Understand critical diagnostic thinking
  2. Describe the steps involved in critical thinking
  3. Describe the scientific method
  4. Define evidence based medicine (EBM)
  5. Understand and evaluate quantitative studies and clinical research
  6. Understand the Levels of Evidence
  7. Describe benchmarking
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Multimedia classroom
  2. Computer access for ETUDES component

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Critical diagnostic thinking
    1. Critical thinking
      1. Prioritization
      2. Communication
      3. Decision making
      4. Reflection
    2. Diagnostic reasoning
      1. History
      2. Differentiating strategies
    3. Problem-based learning approach
  2. Critical thinking strategies
    1. Interpretation of data
    2. Analizing the medical information
    3. Evaluation of the evidence
    4. Drawing conclusions
    5. Making and justifying recommendations
    6. Re-examining and debriefing
  3. The scientific Method
    1. State the problem and generate a hypothesis
    2. Devise a study and collect the data
    3. Examine the data and come to conclusions
    4. Test your hypothesis and report findings
  4. Evidence based medicine (EBM)
    1. Evidence based clinical practice guidelines
    2. Electronic data-bases
      1. Pubmed
      2. Cochrane library
      3. MEDLINE
      4. General Internet resources
  5. Quantitative studies and clinical research
    1. How to read a research article
    2. Quantitative research
    3. Clinical research
    4. Statistical concepts
    5. Outcomes research
  6. Evidence-based Medicine Levels of evidence
    1. Levels
      1. Level 1a
      2. Level 1b
      3. Level 1c
      4. Level 2a
      5. Level 2b
      6. Level 2c
      7. Level 3a
      8. Level 3b
      9. Level 4
      10. Level 5
    2. Grades of recommendation
  7. Benchmarking
    1. Ratio indicators
    2. Process indicators
    3. Outcome indicators
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation may include, but are not limited to quizzes, midterm, and a comprehensive final examination for knowledge of subject matter. Students will also be required to evaluate and summarize a research paper.
Representative Text(s) -
Ernst & Herth, Principles and Practice of Interventional Pulmonology. New York, Springer Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 9781461442912

Disciplines -
Respiratory Technologies
Method of Instruction -
Methods of instruction may include, but are not limited to Lecture, discussion, online modules, and tutorials.

Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Types of required reading and writing may include, but are not limited to weekly reading from the textbook, cooperative learning exercises and online content.