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Undergraduate Education

Considering all angles

As soon as you start medical school, you’ll begin to understand why critical thinking is so important for those working in the world of medicine.

In your first week, you’ll attend a lecture introducing you to the Dalhousie Critical Thinking program. This will give you the chance to learn about the main features of the program, as well as the online resources available to you. We’ll also give you a quick overview of the basic elements of decision-making and the important role of cognitive and affective biases.

A week later, you’ll go to another lecture that will identify the major factors of critical thinking in medicine, including:

  • your patients
  • your colleagues
  • your work environment
  • the literature
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • alternative medicine

Throughout the rest of your degree, you’ll encounter critical thinking themes within your tutorials and in additional lectures. You’ll also have access to the Cognitive Autopsy Manual, which contains a ‘cognitive root cause analysis’ of 35 actual clinical cases.

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