Henk Schmidt Professor

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The ultimate goal of medical education is to support students in developing problem-solving capabilities to deal appropriately with the problems of their patients. Problem solving in medicine is difficult because the problems doctors are confronted with on a daily basis are ill-defined. Signs and symptoms of different diseases show considerable overlap, while on the other hand, the same disease can manifest itself in quite different guises. Understanding how students and experts in this field handle such problems is crucial both for training and practice. My research team is particularly interested in studying educational strategies to improve diagnostic reasoning and in the sources of cognitive error.