Mystery Medical Case

Program at a Glance
1 week

Are you considering a career in the medical field? Get a taste of what a career in medicine is like with this unique learning experience. In this online course, you’ll play the role of a general medical resident working at a fictional hospital. Reporting to Dr. Sophia Campbell, a fictional doctor in the scenario, you will be asked to “meet” a young patient who has some unusual symptoms and work with Dr. Campbell to diagnose and treat the patient. Grow your problem-solving and critical thinking skills as you work in teams to develop a differential diagnosis, analyze medical test results and try to deduce which disease is affecting the patient. The course will run from 4:00-6:00PM PT Monday through Friday.

On the first day, the instructor will give you a tour of the course site and walk you through how to use it. You will work in a combination of full cohort discussions and breakout team rooms. This is not a lecture-based course. Instead, you will be immersed on day one in a realistic medical-mystery story and will learn by doing as you work to solve the mystery case. Learning resources on relevant content are available on the course website, and you will work in teams to do research and prepare assignments

During your work, you will:

  • Meet the patient and take a first pass at developing a differential diagnosis
  • Interpret test results and analyze their differential diagnosis again
  • Maintain a personal glossary of medical terminology
  • Continue to investigate the differential diagnosis with this patient, examining additional
  • test results and using this evidence to further revise your differential diagnosis
  • Examine the final round of test results and apply what you have learned to the differential diagnosis
  • React to a twist in the case
  • Develop a discharge summary for the patient
  • Conclude and reflect on your experiences in the course
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