Research and Teaching Interests: My research includes the study of clinical reasoning, the written and oral assessment of clinical decisions, the key features approach (first developed for the Medical Council of Canada in the early 90s and now used worldwide), the hypothesis-driven approach to teaching and assessing the physical exam, and scientific writing.
Categories: Department of Medical Education, DME Faculty, DME Faculty Emeritus
Research and Teaching Interests: With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DOD), Dr. Valenta’s research and teaching focus on social and organizational issues related to health technology, including the role information systems play in patient safety. She was a consulting faculty member for the AHRQ-funded grant entitled “The Seven Pillars: Crossing the Patient Safety-Medical Liability Chasm”. The purpose of this AHRQ-funded project was to evaluate the impact of the “Seven Pillars” – a comprehensive response to patient harm that links effective and honest communication with improvements in patient safety and reducing medical liability risk.
Categories: Department of Medical Education, DME Faculty Emeritus