CARDIAXTM is a multimedia program which integrates text, digital images, audio, and motion video to teach fundamental principles of cardiac diagnosis. Chest x-rays, echocardiograms, EKG’s, video vignettes, heart sounds, and illustrations are presented to the learner in a highly interactive, problem-based format to provide hands-on learning. The program tailors itself to the particular type of user (medical student, house officer/resident, practicing physician) and can be used in an examination mode.
The 20 CARDIAX™ cases present a core matrix of examples and approaches to problem solving in basic clinical cardiology. The interrelationship of these cases provide the user with a solid foundation from which to extrapolate and develop problem solving skills in the practice of medicine. Another key dimension of CARDIAX is its inclusion of historical, humanistic, ethical and economic interludes designed to broaden learner perspective. The CARDIAX™ cases will help users sharpen their clinical skills and improve their clinical judgment. But the one overriding objective will be to demonstrate that the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiovascular complaints (including the selection of expensive and complicated cardiovascular technology) is firmly based in observations made at the bedside and in the examining room.