The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills

at a Time of Exponential Growth of Medical Knowledge

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Medical knowledge is estimated to double every 73 days in 2020.1  The use of critical thinking and analytical skills to support clinical decision making is becoming more crucial than ever, especially for your residents.

In this webinar, hear from a panel of experienced physicians on the current state of resident education and the methodology used for developing residents into skilled practitioners. Insights will be shared on their approach of leveraging trusted web-based tools to succeed in the face of rapid changes in medical knowledge.

What You Will Learn:

  • The current state of resident education, use of synoptic content and development of analytical skills around clinical decision making
  • How sample patient cases express the need for critical thinking skills
  • The state of currently available clinical content tools and how residents are being taught to use them
  • The importance of using a trusted, accurate resource


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Thought Leaders

Bonita Stanton, MD
Founding Dean
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University
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Dr. Stanton joined Seton Hall University and Hackensack-Meridian Health as Dean of School of Medicine and President, Academic Enterprise, Hackensack Meridian Health in March, 2016.

Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Stanton served in leadership roles for fourteen years at Wayne State University School of Medicine where she had been Vice Dean for Research, SOM (20112016), Chair, Department of Pediatrics and PediatricianinChief, Children's Hospital of Michigan (20022011) and President, University Pediatrics (the practice plan for the Department of Pediatrics) (20022012). The Department of Pediatrics and the practice plan flourished under her leadership in size, national quality of care metrics and both research and educational achievements.

Dr. Stanton has been continuously funded as a principal investigator on one or more NIH awards since 1990 and she has served on and/or chaired multiple NIH study sections. She has received numerous accolades for her research contributions in global HIV prevention and has consulted for numerous national and international agencies including WHO, the World Bank, UNICEF, Elsevier and USAID.

Dr. Stanton has authored over 300 peerreviewed manuscripts and served as an editor of several textbooks. She received her Medical Degree from Yale University School of Medicine and her BA in Biology from Wellesley College.

Joseph Furst, MD, DABFM, DABPM-CI
Vice President of Clinical Executives
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Dr. Joseph (Drew) Furst, MD, DABFM, DABPM-CI, Vice President of Clinical Executives in Elsevier's Clinical Solutions Division, leads a team of clinician experts driving transformation of care processes while aiding in improved patient and client satisfaction. 

Prior to Elsevier, Dr. Furst worked for Siemens Medical for 10 years and shared with his colleagues an innovative EHR solution in his role as liaison to clinical customers and as the primary physician lead for Soarian. He has also served as founder and CFO of Carolina Emergency Physicians in North Carolina, and managed Horizon Family Medicine of Bristol, Virginia.

Dr. Furst earned his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC State and Doctor of Medicine Degree from UNC Chapel Hill.  He is board certified in Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics and holds active medical licenses in Virginia and North Carolina.

Todd Thomsen, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Department
Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School
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Dr. Thomsen is Emergency Medicine Physician, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Thomsen graduated from Harvard Medical School, where he also completed his residency and fellowship. He's been on staff at the Emergency Department at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge since 2003. He is the lead author of an online compendium Procedures Consult - Emergency Medicine as well as an editor of Roberts & Hedges Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine, a landmark textbook in the field.

Robert Flora, MD
Chief Academic Officer
McLaren Health Care
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Dr. Flora is currently the Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Affairs at McLaren Health Care. He assumed this role on October 17, 2016. He previously served as Director of Medical Education and Designated Institutional Officer for Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan. He is currently a Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Clinical Professor at Department of Osteopathic Surgical Specialties Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to that he was Professor and Vice-Chair of the academic department at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine). He was the Founding Section Chief of Urogynecology and Reconstruction Pelvic Surgery at Summa Akron City/ St. Thomas Hospitals (1997 through 2012) and continued to be a member of the division. From February 1997 through September 2008, he was the Residency Program Director/Medical Student Clerkship Site Director of Ob/Gyn at Summa Health System/NEOMED. Prior academic appointments include: Medical College of Ohio at Toledo (now University of Toledo), University of Connecticut, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was born in Bronx, NY but grew up in Ohio. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Michigan obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree with studies in biophysics and engineering science.  Medical school and Ob/Gyn residency were completed at the Medical College of Ohio, and then he went into private practice for three years in Toledo. Returning to academics, a fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic surgery was completed at Mt. Sinai /University of Connecticut and Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.


Dr. Flora is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc.), as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) (Certifying Commission in Medical Management), Certified in Public Health (CPH), Certified Professional in Patient Safety (NPSF) and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (FACOG) and American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

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