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As a student at Dalhousie, you’ll find that the influence of the Critical Thinking program stretches far beyond your curriculum. The members of the Critical Thinking Program Advisory Group are also making their mark around campus and in the medical community.


  • Oxford University Press has published Dr. Pat Croskerry's book Cognitive Autopsy:  A Root Cause Analysis of Medical Decision Making -- in print, April 2020; online, May 2020.  For more information, please visit:
  • Over the past few years, the Critical Thinking program has grown extensively thanks to Pat Croskerry's leadership and his building a team of collaborators. We are proud of him and his work.
    • Each year of UGME now has specific curriculum on critical thinking, most integrated into other components such as ProComp, Skilled Clinician or the clerkship PIERs. 
    • With Dr Lara Hazelton, Director Faculty Development and others, he has developed a very successful online program: Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking (TACT).
    • As far as we know the Critical Thinking program at Dal is unique.
    • Pat is regularly invited to speak about Critical Thinking worldwide.  
  • On Sept. 22, 2015, the Institute of Medicine realeased its report: "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care". Pat Croskerry was part of the commitee (its only Canadian member) which researched and wrote this follow-up to IOM's "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System" published 15 years ago.
  • On October 7, 2014, Drs. Mark Graber, Gordon Schiff and Pat Croskerry presented "Diagnostic Error in Medicine" at the 31st International Conference of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This organization is one of the top patient safety/quality organizations in the world.