What is it?

An observation is a text-based notation that can be left by authors or students on phases or blocks within phases.

Why is it important?

Observations are an important part of the diagnostic pathfinding toolset that supports clinical reasoning skill development. Students will capture observations throughout the case (such as patient history, signalment, laboratory data results, etc.) and use those observations to structure a differential diagnosis.

Observations are also important because they support asynchronous communication between students and their peers, students and teachers, and teachers and other collaborators during the authoring process.

Observations are also key to facilitating the Peer Review process for a particular phase.

Did You Know?

  • In the case of certain tools such as Markup, authors and students can even leave observations associated with other inputs within a block, such as the arrow they drew to point out an anomaly.