Who are the Key Players?
Building Relationships with Clients
A Facilitator's Perspective
The Diagnostic Challenge Provides Real-World Experience
The Diagnostic Challenges are multidisciplinary, case-based exercises that began at WSU in 1991 to help students learn in a simulated "real world" setting. The exercises are now conducted collaboratively by instructors in Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Bacteriology/Mycology, Virology, Immunology and Toxicology. Visiting veterinarians, mostly WSU College of Veterinary Medicine alumni, play an increasingly important role as case facilitators. In addition, important contributions are made by faculty and staff in Radiology, Large and Small Animal Medicine, WSU's Animal Health Library, the CVM Office of Student Services and Biomedical Communications Unit.
- DC1: October 12-15 (Tuesday - Friday)
- DC2: November 15-19 (Monday - Friday)
Remember your Diagnostic Challenge? Well now DC needs you. Become a Facilitator or a "Client" and help train a new generation of veterinarians.
No time? Consider a gift to this exceptional program only at WSU.
For questions about giving, contact Lynne Haley, Director of Development, at (509) 335-5021 or email.
In the News
Thank you for supporting the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine's Diagnostic Challenges!
We are committed to training the country’s best veterinarians.
During the annual Diagnostic Challenges, students diagnose patients and work with volunteer clients in a simulated setting comparable to what they will experience someday in their own practice. Here are some 2019 program highlights:
- 134 second year veterinary students
- 30 volunteer facilitators (24 alumni)
- 27 volunteer clients (17 family members)
- 2 week-long simulations during fall semester
- 14 different cases (8 new cases developed thanks to donations)
- 3 abstracts presented or accepted at national veterinary education meetings
- Countless: The number of smiling, happy, proud faces when all was said and done
- Don’t take our word for it and check out the students’ personal Thank You video
We hope you are happy and proud as well. Thank you for making this unique, WSU-invented program work!
For the many of you who have asked, it’s still too soon to know how the Diagnostic Challenges might need to be modified this fall in this year of COVID-19. As always, we will no doubt be counting on the many volunteers and supporters who have long made the exercises work for so long. To stay up to date on the latest in our program, visit us at go.vetmed.wsu.edu/Innovation.
I look forward to connecting with you again soon. Until then, take good care and Go Cougs!
Stephen A. Hines, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Director, CVM Teaching Academy and Diagnostic Challenge Program
- WSU News - "Future vets practice problem solving, communication" - November 2011
- Veterinary Executive Report - Education Innovators; WSU's Commitment to Training the Country's Best Veterinarians - Spring/Summer 2011
- The Health Sciences Library as partner in case-based learning exercises: the diagnostic challenges at Washington State University - July 2005
- WSU Week - "Diagnostic Challenge gives vet students first-hand experience of treating animals"- December 1999
- College of Veterinary Medicine Supporter Profile - DC Facilitators: