Engage in the medical decision making process across the lifespan in Shadow Health’s Advanced Diagnostics Digital Clinical Experience.

Assignment Types

Introduction to Medical Decision Making

In this introductory assignment, students review the diagnostic process and immediately apply the concepts to a respiratory complaint. Students collaborate with Preceptor Diana who has completed an exam of her patient, Tanner Bailey. Students begin by selecting their initial differential diagnoses, order and interpret tests and labs, then determine a final diagnosis before Preceptor Diana resumes care. Throughout the assignment Preceptor Diana offers course correction based on her own findings as well as didactic information about the diagnostic process.

Tanner Bailey standing with 1 arm on her hips.
Medical Decision Making

Students collaborate with Preceptor Diana in three more cases. They will follow the steps of the medical decision making process by determining initial differential diagnoses, ordering and interpreting tests and labs, then selecting a final diagnosis alongside Preceptor Diana. Cases cover concerns related to the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, the hematologic system, and the cardiovascular system.

Anita Douglas, Brian Foster and Tina Jones standing next to each other.
Putting the Pieces Together

In this assignment with 11-year-old Chelsea Warren and caregiver Ned, students put the pieces of the process together by completing their own interview and exam and construct a list of differential diagnoses based on their assessment of Chelsea before receiving feedback on their choices from Preceptor Diana. They then complete the rest of the medical decision-making process. Preceptor Diana continues to provide course correction for each step of the assignment. Students consider musculoskeletal and neurovascular issues in this assignment.

11-year-old Chelsea Warren standing alone with 1 arm straight and other arm on her hips.


I feel that Shadow Health has helped me to improve my assessment and diagnostic skills.

This exercise helped me, challenged me to think critically and this my role to further my skills clinically as a nurse practitioner.

This exercise helps me think critically in finding the right diagnostic test to support my differential diagnosis. This simulation will help me through my NP program and be able to utilize in the clinical settings.

A really great learning experience. Really aids in the clinical thinking processes and helps with understanding how to diagnose!

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