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Presenter's Biography
Geoff Norman, PhD

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Geoff Norman, PhD

Geoff Norman, PhD, is professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, McMaster University. He received a BSc in physics from the University of Manitoba in 1965 and a PhD in nuclear physics from McMaster University in 1971, and subsequently a MA in educational psychology from Michigan State University in 1977. He is the author of 10 books in education, measurement and statistics, and over 200 journal articles.

Dr. Norman’s primary research is in the area of expert diagnostic reasoning—how clinicians arrive at a diagnosis. His research has revealed that experts use two kinds of knowledge to do diagnosis—the formal analytical knowledge of signs and symptoms and physiologic mechanisms, and experiential knowledge based on the hundreds or thousands of patients they have encountered.

His research has revealed that experts use two kinds of knowledge to do diagnosis—the formal analytical knowledge of signs and symptoms and physiologic mechanisms, and experiential knowledge based on the hundreds or thousands of patients they have encountered.

Following from this research is an interest in various aspects of how medical students learn. He has contributed to the theoretical foundation of problem-based learning. He is currently exploring the use of high fidelity simulation in clinical learning. He has also been involved in student assessment, and has developed and validated a number in innovative assessment methods, and has made substantial contributions to assessment methodology.

He has won numerous awards, including the Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1989, the Award of Excellence of the Canadian Association for Medical Education in 1997, the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association, Division I, in 2000, and the Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Medical Council of Canada in 2001. He presently holds a Canada Research Chair. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007.

Continuing Medical Education

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.