October 17, 2018
In the Molecular Medicine course, first-year student teams participated in a team-based learning activity which involved interviewing standardized patients to acquire a patient’s history to actively integrate basic science concepts into how the patients’ symptoms present.
Lab values were given near the end of each interaction to paint a more holistic clinical picture. Cases included Type I or Type II Diabetes, Glycogen Storage Disorder, Glucose 6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency, and even a parasite-induced lactose intolerance.
Selected student teams presented their cases to the class, faculty, and standardized patients. The students carefully talked through their thought processes and what key pieces of information were essential in making the correct diagnosis. Discussion became more and more lively between teams as they progressed to the final case, Cryptosporidium-induced lactose intolerance. Standardized patients relayed how impressed they were with the students’ ability to correctly diagnose their patients.
Submitted by Dr. Adam Morrow, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry