Clinical reasoning is a complex set of abilities healthcare students have to learn during their studies and continue to further develop in the workplace. Clinical reasoning encompasses the application of knowledge to collect and integrate information from various sources to arrive at a diagnosis and management plan for patients in a shared decision-making process. Due to its multifactorial nature and unconscious components it is both, difficult to learn and teach. A lack of clinical reasoning abilities is a primary cause of cognitive errors in patient care and threats to patient safety including unnecessary pain, treatments, or procedures for patients and increasing the costs of healthcare. In the European Union the number of errors and adverse events in healthcare is estimated at 8-12% of hospitalizations (WHO).
Despite the importance of clinical reasoning for the workplace of healthcare professionals and patient safety there is still a lack of structured and explicit teaching, learning, and assessment of clinical reasoning in healthcare education. Such a training can help to improve patient safety and reduce costs – two priorities of the EU Health policy.
Therefore, the aim of this project is to fill this gap and conceptualize, develop, evaluate, and disseminate a clinical reasoning curriculum in healthcare education for students and a train-the-trainer course for educators on how to teach clinical reasoning.

Events & Meetings

Transnational Project Meeting in Maribor, Slovenia

On May 30th we are organizing our next project meeting which will take place as a hybrod event in Maribor, Slovenia. Our agenda includes an in-depth discussion on our integration guideline and kicking-off our next deliverables on the creation of a course certificate and long-term plans for integrating the courses into our partner curricula.

AMEE annual conference in Lyon, France 2022

The annual conference of the European Association for Medical Education (AMEE) will take place from August 27th to 31st 2022 in Lyon, France. DID-ACT members have submitted abstracts for oral presentations and will offer a workshhop on clinical reasoning teaching. More information

GMA conference in Halle, Germany

The annual conference of German Medical Association will be held in Halle, Germany in September 2022. We have submitted an abstract about the DID-ACT curriculum. More information

Medical Education Forum in Kraków, Poland

The Medical Education Forum 2022 will take place from Sep 28th-29 as hybride event in Krakow, Poland. More information

Past Meetings and Conferences

On September 22nd and 23rd 2021 our partners from Berne hosted our project meeting in their beautiful city. More information

From September 16th to 18th the annual conference of the gma took place as a virtual event. More information about the conference (in German): GMA conference 2021 and the presentation of our work.

The AMEE conference was held online from Aug 27th – 30th. The DID-ACT partners were present exciting topics from the project. More information at the AMEE website and our blog post

The 2nd international Medical Education Forum (MEF) took place as a virtual conference from May 4-6 2021.

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Conference on Cybernetic Modeling of Biological Systems 2021

Virtual AMEE conference 2020

DID-ACT kick-off February 2020

Publications & Resources

  • OUr identified barriers on developing a longitudinal clinical reasoning curriculum has been published in BMC Med Ed
  • The general needs analysis, which was the basis for this project has been published in Medical Teacher
  • More than 60 open access virtual patients in English and German have been created as part of a previous Marie-Curie Global Fellowship. The courses are freely available at https://crt.casus.net (Login with EduGain account). Part of the virtual patients have been adapted to the current Covid-19 situation.
  • A series on short video clips about clinical reasoning and diagnostic errors is available as aplaylist on YouTube

More information


Please contact us at info@did-act.eu if you have any questions or comments concerning the project.

Project coordinator: Inga Hege
Medical Education Sciences, University of Augsburg, Universitätsstr. 2, 86159 Augsburg, Germany

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