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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 Respiratory Distress

This clinical case study was developed to engage students by making connections between core concepts in chemistry and physiological processes in t ...


A Diet to Die For

This clicker case is designed to lead students to a conceptual understanding of oxidative phosphorylation (and, by analogy, photosynthesis). Studen ...


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 Rough Semester

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


Agony and Ecstasy

This interrupted case study explores the scientific, legal, and societal complexities of repurposing an illicit substance, 3,4-methylenedioxymetham ...


Amanda's Absence

When chronic pain forces a top student to withdraw from college, biology instructor Dr. Sharpe learns that medications (in this case, Vioxx) may be ...


An Infectious Cure

This four-part interrupted case on phage therapy was developed for a freshmen non-majors course in molecular biology. The case begins with a story ...


Antibiotic Resistance in a Russian Prison

In this case study, students will have the opportunity to model the spread of tuberculosis and development of antibiotic resistance in a hypothetic ...


Anxiety Doesn’t Work

This case study tells the story of Mo, an individual with social anxiety disorder who seeks mental health treatment. The purpose of this case is

Are You Blue? What Can You Do?

This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a jigsaw method in which groups of students are divided up so th ...


Asthma Attack!

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


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 ...


Cats Have Nine Lives, But Only One Liver

In this case, a college student gives her cat Tylenol not knowing its potential harmful effects. The cat survives, but the incident motivates her ...


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 ...


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 ...


Discovering Long-Term Care Pharmacy Practice

This three-part progressive disclosure case is designed to introduce pharmacy students to the pharmacist’s role in long-term care (LTC) facil ...


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 ...


Drug Wars: An Epic Tale of Asthma and Bacterial Pneumonia

This case study is based on real events that the author experienced with her 10-year-old daughter. Although the names have been changed, all of the ...


East Meets West

Ying is sick and is progressively getting worse. His parents' clashing views on Eastern and Western medicine prevent them from agreeing on a course ...


Ethnomedicine in Latino Communities of Madison

This PowerPoint-delivered case study guides the reader, a hypothetical student intern with the City of Madison (Wisconsin) Public Health Department ...


Football Fanaticism

A fight in a college town bar between the football player of one team and a drunken fan of a rival team results in a serious spinal cord injury. St ...


From Cow Juice to a Billion Dollar Drug, With Some Breakthroughs in Between

Before the discovery of insulin in 1921, being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes was a death sentence. Despite the successful management of diabetes w ...


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 ...


How a Cancer Trial Ended in Betrayal

In this case study, students learn about the complexities and issues associated with clinical trials. After reading a newspaper story about a fraud ...


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 ...


In Search of a Cure for Breast Cancer

In this directed case study, students analyze data, draw a research-based conclusion, interpret experimental results, and discuss the relevance of ...


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 That Pill You're Taking Safe?

This dilemma cased is based on the actual development, FDA approval, and market withdrawal of dexfenfluramine, a drug used in the late 1990s in com ...


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 ...


Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs and Their Effects on the Brain

Designed for an upper-level psychology class titled Brain & Behavior, this series of mini-cases can be used in any undergraduate cours ...


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 ...


Mother's Milk Cures Cancer?

This case study on the immune system, cell cycle regulation, and cancer biology explores the role that serendipity plays in new discoveries in scie ...


Muscleman

This case is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of negative feedback regulation. Basic principles of negative feedback system ...


New Ways to Breathe

This case study follows a young cystic fibrosis (CF) patient named Lucas. Through Lucas's story and interactions between his parents and pediatrici ...


One Tablet a Day May Keep Cancer Away

This dilemma/decision case study is intended to demonstrate how knowledge of signal transduction pathways can be applied to the pharmaceutical indu ...


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 ...


Sarah's Sickness

This story is based on the true account of a student who suffered years of misdiagnoses of her illness while she was in a professional school. As t ...


Sometimes Less is Better

“Ed Cramer” is a 47-year-old mechanical engineer who is being treated for venous thromboembolism. He was 45 when he first developed a b ...


Statins Stat!

This case study describes a visit by "Naomi" to her physician, who upon seeing Naomi's bloodwork decides to prescribe her a cholesterol-lowering ag ...


The Case of a Tropical Disease and its Treatment

This case study highlights the epidemiological and socioeconomic factors associated with a disease which plagues thousands of people in Central and ...


The Case of Ruth James

In this case, designed for beginning pharmacy students, an elderly woman apparently “in excellent health” suddenly becomes ill and heal ...


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 Challenge of Epilepsy

This case study was originally developed for undergraduate science students as part of an extracurricular competition, but it could also be deliver ...


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 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 Purple Pill

This interrupted case study is designed to teach students about chirality and the pH scale in the context of medicinal chemistry. Students read abo ...


When a Gene Turned Off Is a Matter of Life or Death

When Jordan is diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme), his college plans are unexpectedly put on hold. This scenario is presented in ...


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 ...


Whose Job Is It, Really?

Medication reconciliation (MR) is the process of identifying the most accurate list of all medications a patient is taking, including the name, dos ...