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U014 - Cognitive Error and Visual Intelligence in Dermatologic Diagnoses

Friday, March 1; 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify the sources of cognitive error in dermatologic clinical diagnosis, including general heuristics and heuristics specifically relevant to dermatology.
  • Discuss visual intelligence as applicable to dermatologic diagnostics and misdiagnoses.
  • Describe possible approaches to improving diagnostic accuracy and decreasing error, via metacognition and other practices.


Medical diagnosis is significantly error prone, with the majority of diagnostic errors being cognitive in nature. Diagnostic reasoning is based upon intuitive and analytical processes. Heuristics play an important role in increasing ease and speed of cognitive work in clinical diagnosis. Discussed are classic diagnostic heuristics and the unique heuristic approach relevant to the dermatologist. The role of visual intelligence in dermatologic diagnostics is explored. Improved diagnostic accuracy through metacognition (by thinking about how we think) and other approaches will be discussed.


  • Lowenstein, Eve Judith, MD, PhD: Brand Institute Inc – C(H); Curizon – C(H); e-Rewards – C(H); Gerson Lehrman Group's Council of Advisors (GLG) – C(H); J Reckner Associates – C(H); M3 Global Research – C(H); MDLinx – C(H); MedSurvey – C(H);
Friday, March 1
4:30 PM
Dr. Lowenstein / Cognitive error and visual intelligence in dermatologic diagnosis
Event Details
  • Date
    Friday, March 1
  • Time
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Location
    Room 204A
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Eve Judith Lowenstein, MD, PhD, FAAD