Preparing Your Clinical Vignette Abstract

Example Case Vignettes:
Vignette 1 • Vignette 2 • Vignette 3 • Vignette 4 • Vignette 5 • Vignette 6

Pick a Case

Clinical vignettes are patient-related cases and scenarios that have educational value for a wider audience. Good cases come in many different flavors.  Some are unusual diseases whereas others are unusual presentations of a common disease.  Any case that illustrates a key point or points about diagnosis, management, or therapeutic decision making can make a good clinical vignette.

Identify a faculty sponsor to help with your case

Generally ask the attending who cared for the patient first. If they decline, you can ask any other faculty (General Internal Medicine faculty are happy to help)

Write up your Abstract for Submission

Specific guidelines for submission can be found here:

General Guidelines

Title: 
Clinical vignette title are often descriptive of the case being presented or humorous. Try not to give away the diagnosis in the title

Learning Objectives:

  • Write two to three learning objectives for your clinical vignette
  • A learning objective states what someone will as a result of reading your vignette presentation.
  • Your learning objective should contain an action word such recognize, diagnose, assess, treat, distinguish or manage. A list of good action words is available here.
 

Case Presentation
Briefly summarize your patient’s presentation, workup, diagnosis, and treatment.  This should not be comprehensive, but should include the key points of the case presented in a clear, organized and easy to read fashion.

Discussion
Discuss the main teaching points that your case illustrates.  This may include a suggested diagnostic approach to a patient presenting with a specific problem and/or information about the diagnosis, management, or treatment of your patients specific diagnosis.  When writing the discussion, think about what you want the reader to learn from your case.