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The learning objectives were stated at the beginning of the presentation. The setting of the cases that following the traditional exploration of taking a medical history was well thought out, and challenging enough to make you think outside the box and not just jump straight to the first diagnosis you come up with in your head.
Its a good way to challenge the student to start thinking more about differentials and how to use investigations to test between them.
The cases were varied and forced us to think in a structured way rather than jumping to diagnoses and management. It reminded us of how one small detail/question missed in a history can completely change your direction with regards to diagnosis and the importance of system specific questions.
Having a decent knowledge of respiratory medicine at this 5th year stage, case studies were a good way to aid teaching in a relaxed OSCE style.