Skip to Content

Search Results

Records returned 86

A Case of Iron Deficiency Anemia

“Dolores Welborn,” a 28-year-old attorney, is pregnant with her first child. Lately she has been tiring easily and is often short of br ...


A Case of Medication Error

This case study begins with a real news article about a six-month-old baby who died from an overdose of medication administered by hospital staff. ...


A Case of Pharyngitis

Seven-year-old “Jason Hornbuckle” has been complaining for the past 12 hours of pain when he swallows.  He also has a headache and ...


A Case of Thrombocytopenia

“Carolyn Jones” is a 40-year-old professor of economics. The past week she has felt tried and weak. The past few days she has noticed s ...


A Case of X-linked Agammaglobulinemia

Though a normal, full-term baby at birth, starting at about 10 months of age “Billy DeWitt” has suffered a series of infections, includ ...


A Case Study Involving Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine

This interrupted case study presents a discussion about the benefits of the influenza vaccine between Mary, a nursing student, and her coworker, Ka ...


A Difficult Pregnancy

This case study, about a developmentally disabled, 30-weeks-pregnant 19-year-old, presents some of the patient management issues that health care w ...


A Metabolic Storm

This "clicker" case presents the true story of a 20-year-old athlete who developed a life threatening reaction to anesthesia during a simple electi ...


A Pain in the Gut

This interrupted case study in gastric physiology follows the story of Frank, a businessman under a lot of stress who has a car accident while driv ...


A Rough Semester

This interrupted case study tells the story of Katie, an active college sophomore who experiences flu-like symptoms.  She initially thinks tha ...


A Shot in the Arm or a Hard Pill to Swallow?

The immune response to a vaccine is influenced by the nature of the vaccine and the delivery method. In this interrupted case study, students trave ...


A Tradesman’s Journey Back from a Cerebral Incident

This directed case study tells the story of a middle-aged man with hypertension and hyperlipidemia who experiences an ischemic cerebrovascular acci ...


A Trip to the Eye Doctor

This directed case study follows a young woman, Samantha, on a routine visit to her eye doctor.  While at her appointment, Samantha receives p ...


A Yellow-Bellied Lawyer?

This interrupted case study tells the story of Michael, a Harvard law graduate with a stressful job and a seemingly heavy drinking problem. Student ...


All or Nothing

In this interrupted case study, students pose as an intern of a neuromuscular/skeletal specialist and discover how sarin and myasthenia gravis infl ...


Am I Going to Die?

In this directed case study students follow a 16-year-old athlete as her mild upper respiratory infection progresses to an acute respiratory illnes ...


Amber's Secret

This problem-based case focuses on the female menstrual cycle and early stages of pregnancy of an unwed teenager. Working in small groups, students ...


An Acrid Situation

This directed case study tells the story of a geriatric patient who has recently been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It begins with ...


An Unexpected Loss

This clinical case study follows the progress of a diabetic patient, “Joe,” who develops an infection and ultimately undergoes a lower ...


Asthma Attack!

This interrupted case study follows the progress of a pediatric patient who experiences an acute asthma exacerbation brought on by an environmental ...


Barbara’s Thyroid

This directed case study on thyroid dysfunction was written to help students understand how negative feedback pathways work. The title character su ...


Black and Blue with Love

In this directed case study students follow a nurse practitioner and work with a diagnostics team to determine what is wrong with Tristan, an infan ...


Born for Recovery: The Effects of Maternal Methadone Use on Neonates

This interrupted case study presents the story of "Jane Paul," a 27-year-old pregnant woman excited by the prospect of bringing a new life into the ...


Cardiac Blood Flow

This interrupted case study tells the story of a middle-aged female, “Josie,” who receives a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. In ...


Caught Red-Handed

Was the "Brooklyn Butcher" of 1926 a cold-blooded killer or was something less sinister at play? This interrupted case study introduces students to ...


Chemical Eric Can't See

This autobiographical case study presents the story of Eric as he learns that he has a genetic eye disease, which progresses to the point that he b ...


Coronavirus Quandaries for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease

This directed case study tells the story of “Arie,” an anatomy and physiology student who has recently switched to distance learning du ...


Cracking the Case

In this directed case study, students shadow Dr. Lee in diagnosing two patients with osteoporosis. The students are given patient history and an in ...


Danielle's Difficulty

The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), including severe infection, has increased in both institutional settings and the g ...


Diabetes and Acid/Base Chemistry

This case study focuses on a teenage patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) who presents with severe acidosis, becomes combative and loses co ...


Diagnosis of a Congenital Disorder

This progressive disclosure case study explores the medically-related issues of a female infant born with the congenital disorder Sirenomelia, more ...


Does a One-Size Drug Dose Fit All?

The purpose of this case study is to make students aware that some patients may require individualized drug dosing regimens based on a variety of p ...


Emily and Dr. Haskins

This case study on clinical practice, preparation, and acumen follows the story of Emily, an intelligent, hard working, and motivated student who y ...


Enigma in the ED

This PowerPoint-driven case study has students apply the “Steps of an Outbreak Investigation” from the Centers for Disease Control and ...


Family, Culture, Medicine

This four-part problem-based learning case examines cultural conflicts between Western medicine and non-Western traditional healing practices. Stud ...


Feel the Burn

This PowerPoint-driven case study follows a young woman who acquires a third-degree burn and receives a skin graft. As the graft becomes inflamed a ...


From Tackle to Tension Pneumothorax

Tension pneumothorax is a condition that is associated with air in the pleural space. In this case study, tension pneumothorax is caused by a ruptu ...


Going for Gold

This case study introduces students to the true story of Caster Semenya, an outstanding female mid-distance runner from South Africa.  Caster ...


Grandma's TUM-my Trouble

An elderly woman living independently with some help from her family is brought to the local emergency room because she is confused and vomiting.&n ...


Honeymoon Havoc

In this interrupted case study, students meet a pair of fictional newlyweds on their way to Australia for their honeymoon. Initially eager to enjoy ...


Hyper-IgM Syndrome

Hyper-IgM syndrome is an X-linked genetic disorder more commonly affecting males than females. It is caused by the lack of heavy chain class-switch ...


I Heart Running: A Case Study on Tachycardia in Sam the Runner

"I Heart Running" is a case study in which students diagnose the cause of exercise-induced tachycardia in an otherwise healthy, 27-year-old female. ...


Inside the Opioid Crisis

This case study follows the struggles of "James" as he copes with extreme pain resulting from an automobile accident.  Unable to manage his sy ...


Is There a Relationship Between Blood Type and Risk of Contracting COVID-19?

This directed case study introduces the basics of blood typing and discusses possible correlations for contracting COVID-19 by blood type. After st ...


Just Lose It!

This case study introduces “Rose” and “Michael,” a couple with infertility issues that may be related to Rose’s weigh ...


Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself

This case study relates the actual experiences of a woman with breast cancer as she shares her experiences through a series of blog posts at variou ...


Living the Sweet Life

In this directed case study, students help “Dr. Gupta” diagnose three patients in an endocrinology clinic who are having problems with ...


Lost in the Desert!

Students learn about the interconnectedness of the body, with a particular focus on the skin as one of the most important homeostatic organ systems ...


Lost in the Desert! Hebrew Translation

In this directed case study, translated from the original English into Hebrew, students read about a man who sets out on a three-hour drive across ...


Mark’s Failing Heart

This directed case study centers on the story of a 65-year-old man with a weakened ventricle, resulting in reduced cardiac output. Students are pro ...


Mary Keeper’s Aching Head

In this problem-based learning case, students read about a 41-year-old woman who is suffering from recurring headaches. Working in small groups, th ...


MDR Tuberculosis

In this case study on multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis, students consider ways in which to preserve health as a human right without subjecti ...


Morgan: A Case of Diabetes

This case teaches about the causes and effects of Type 2 diabetes by working through the various options available to a young Native American woman ...


Needles and Pins

This case, designed for medical students, dental students, and dental hygiene students, covers the steps involved in preventing and responding to a ...


No Longer Living the Sweet Life

In this interrupted case study, students will help “Dr. Gupta” investigate and assess complications arising in one of her long-term pat ...


Pharmacogenetics: How Genetic Information Is Used to Treat Disease

In this clicker case, two teenagers are diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the bone marrow where there is an abnormal o ...


Pharmacogenetics: Using Genetics to Treat Disease

This case study investigates the applications of genetics to medicine by exploring one of the first examples of a pharmacogenetic test to enter mai ...


Properties of Gases: A Case Study of the Bends

In 2012, Mike Prickett, a world-renowned underwater cinematographer, was working on a commercial photo shoot in Tahiti when he witnessed a fellow d ...


Revolt on the Tuberculosis Ward

Monique is a 30-year-old Haitian woman with advanced pulmonary tuberculosis who has been transferred from a tuberculosis sanatorium to a large gene ...


Rhabdomyolysis

This directed case study focuses on exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis (exRML).  Students are guided though skeletal muscle cell membrane transpo ...


Spirituality and Health Care

In this medical ethics case, a fourth-year medical student making hospital rounds with an attending physician and several residents is asked by a f ...


Sunny Skies and a Lurking Microbe

Based on a true story, this case study chronicles the development of a wound infection that began as a minor cut that occurred while carrying out a ...


Super Bug

Sam, a pre-med college student, routinely gets dialysis and develops a urinary tract infection. The infection is from a bacterium that the news med ...


Take a Deep Breath

This interrupted case study tells the story of “Callie,” a 26-year-old baker from San Francisco who runs a successful new cupcake busin ...


The Case of the Crying Baby

The parents of a six-week-old baby girl know there is something seriously wrong with their child, but it takes a number of frustrating visits to th ...


The Case of the Newborn Nightmare

Three newborns left in the care of "Dr. Mark Maddison" have developed a mysterious rash. Under increasing pressure from hospital administrators and ...


The Haemophilus Vaccine

This case study focuses on a young mother whose child attends a day care center where there has been an outbreak of bacterial meningitis. The case ...


The Heart of the Problem

This interrupted case study was developed for an undergraduate class in human cardiac physiology. The story follows a patient whose heart attack da ...


The Medicinal Use of Marijuana

Whether marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes has been contested for decades. The claims, counter-claims, issues, and judgments in t ...


The Plan: Ethics and Physician Assisted Suicide

This case study on physician-assisted suicide is used in a medical ethics course. The case itself is a short article published in 1991 in the N ...


The Unfortunate Nurse

Dengue (pronounced "deng-ee") is a viral disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, usually Aedes aegypti. It is common in ...


Thyroid Troubles

In this interrupted case study, students shadow an endocrinologist as she tries to determine what is wrong with Angela Barber. Angela is a middle-a ...


To Tell the Truth

This case was developed to teach first-year medical students about medical ethics as they apply to patient communication. Students receive an intro ...


Tragic Choices: Autism, Measles, and the MMR Vaccine

This case explores the purported connection between vaccines in general, and the MMR vaccine specifically, and autism. Students examine results fro ...


Treating Ed

Ed is dying. How should his wishes for medical treatment be carried out? As the case unfolds, students explore the rights and responsibilities of d ...


Up All Night

In this clicker case, students are introduced to George, an undergraduate student who has been experiencing some odd symptoms. His roommate convinc ...


Uretero What?

This case study follows a woman faced with a series of difficult medical decisions. Students apply systems-level physiology as they explore a pregn ...


Wake-Up Call

The main character of this case is Denise, who we first meet in the early morning hours as she wakes up in a cold sweat, gasping for breath. But it ...


Wearing on Her Nerves

This case study is designed to integrate important aspects of the nervous and muscular system portions of an anatomy and physiology course. Student ...


What's Wrong with Me?

This set of “mini cases” focuses on autoimmune diseases, which arise when the immune system is unable to recognize its own components. ...


When Drug Sales and Science Collide

When "Jeff," a fictionalized drug representative, is placed on the Vioxx® account in 2001, he finds himself pulled between sales and science as ...


When the Flu Is Not the Flu

This case study explores the progression of COVID-19 from initial flu-like symptoms to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to infection ...


Where’s the Evidence?

This analysis case study uses a jigsaw activity in which students learn about characteristics of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 ...


Why Am I Always So Tired?

This case study consists of a role-play activity designed to simulate interactions between a patient and a health care provider. The patient, playe ...


Why Is My Vision Blurry?

This interrupted case study is based on the true experiences of the author's mother, who is referred to in the story as "Mrs. Horton" for reasons o ...


Woe Is Me

This case study tells the story of a 30-year-old man with intractable peptic ulcer disease. The persistence of the ailment, despite medical treatme ...