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Infectious Disease Case Study

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, Deanne B. Erdmann, MS, Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and James P. Denk, MA

The Case of Allison

Inform your students that they will be acting as medical personnel trying to diagnose a patient. Have one student in each group read the case, "What is Wrong with Allison?" to the rest of the group. 

Allow students time to discuss Allison’s illness. One person from each group, designated as the “recorder,” should write down the group’s ideas about what may be wrong with Allison. 

Have each group compose four questions they might ask Allison if they were her physician. 

Lead a class discussion of the questions from each group. Each group also should identify and record three possible diseases that Allison may have, based on all of the information presented so far.

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605