We are teachers and clinicians who are excited to bring you this new website where we teach medicine with clarity, joy, and passion. Our goal is to give you the knowledge and skills to improve your clinical reasoning so you can provide the best possible patient care.
Up to 30% of diagnoses are wrong
We must do better. We can do better.
Like any other skill, diagnosis requires deliberate practice. We will help you reach your peak. The more you improve in clinical reasoning, the better care you will provide, and the more joy you will derive from your practice of medicine.
Meet The Team
Rabih Geha, MD
Five whole years - that’s how long my father suffered from unnecessary diagnostic mistakes. That previous sentence has shaped my life more than anything else. Before that experience, all I wanted to do was nerd out about solving complex math problems. The goal was to look at some natural phenomenon, capture it in an elegant equation, and draft the simplest of solutions.
I saw the polar opposite of that beauty in how people were trying to diagnose my dad - it all seemed like guesswork; try this; try that; maybe this; maybe that. That was the impetus - but then there is always luck. The luck to stumble into incredible mentors in college (and life) who guided me to channel this energy from math to medicine.
And here we are - at a phase where we can deliver on a simple promise: Diagnosis is beautiful logic, and we will only rest when we prove it to you, and when our patients get what they deserve.
Reza Manesh, MD
I struggled with memorization during medical school. The information came at an unreasonably fast pace and the tests only assessed a learner’s ability to recall random facts. There was no assessment of critical thinking. I almost dropped out of medical school during my first year because I hated the process of memorizing without understanding to pass a test. Luckily I stuck around until my clinical rotations started. All of a sudden the drive to learn was the patient sitting in front of me. I would stay late in the hospital talking to patients and reading everything I could about their conditions.
With the right effort and practice, we have grown tremendously in diagnostic reasoning, and our mission is to help you grow too. And because of our patients, we must all strive to strengthen our diagnostic muscles. I hope to spark an insatiable drive in you to learn diagnosis through critical thinking and understanding.
Aaron Berkowitz MD, PhD
I love neurology. But I know most people don’t. In fact, there’s a term for this: neurophobia! If you learned neurology the way I did in medical school, it was as a series of complex pathways and obscure eponyms with no application to patient care. No wonder we develop neurophobia! I guess I had all-of-med-school-phobia because none of it seemed to make much sense to me for the first 2 years.
Disillusioned and discouraged, I actually left medical school for 6 years to try to become a musician. In the course of a PhD in music I became interested in how people learn and teach music and languages. I realized that many aspects of efficient and effective teaching/learning weren’t applied in med school.
When I decided to go back after 6 years away, I had to (re-)teach myself everything over a few months to get ready to get back on the wards. The only way to do this was to develop simple frameworks for understanding core concepts. Working with Reza and Rabih, I want to share those frameworks for neurologic diagnosis with you.
Neurologic diseases are a leading cause of death and disability worldwide and there is a huge shortage of neurologists, requiring all health care providers to have some level of neurology knowledge and skills. I want to teach you neurology in a clear and easy-to-understand way so you can take excellent care of your patients. And if I can reduce your neurophobia a little bit in the process, I will be truly overjoyed.
Clinical Problem Solvers
Creating a culture of compassion and community to disseminate and democratize the stories and science of diagnostic reasoning.