Richard Rathe, MD

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Informatician

‘Teaching’ Articles

QuickHPI v1.2 – Fully Functional Client-Side Web App

Posted: Jan 30th, 2015 •• Category: EMR, HPI, Teaching

This is the first release of quickHPI for general use by students, residents and clinicians. It is based on version 1.1 with persistent client-side data storage added. Once installed, it can be used offline when network connectivity is unavailable or undesired. QuickHPI is both a tutorial and a practical tool for recording the History of […]

A Guide to Medical History Taking

Posted: Sep 29th, 2011 •• Category: Medicine, Teaching

Always start with the standard questions applied to the patient’s Chief Concern(s): Location/Radiation; Quality/Severity; Duration (total/episode)/Frequency; Aggravating/Relieving Factors; Associated Symptoms/Effect on Function. It is useful to think of the secondary history as a Focused Review of Systems (ROS). These questions often bring out information that supports a certain diagnosis or helps gauge the severity of […]

Responding to Emotions with BATHE

Posted: May 17th, 2011 •• Category: Medicine, Teaching

Being able to handle emotional situations is an important interviewing skill. It is safe to assume that every patient has some form of emotional response to significant illness. There is also growing evidence that an individual’s emotional state can effect or even cause physical disease. The patient will often give you several clues that should […]

Web-Based Audience Response System

Posted: Aug 30th, 2010 •• Category: Evaluation, Teaching

Canvass ARS is a flexible and scalable program for polling a live audience. Instructors have the choice to use it as a stand-alone presentation tool, or integrate it with presentation software such as Powerpoint. It blends easily with other instructional technologies such as teleconferencing, streamed video events and Webinars. The audience is not limited to […]

Using Powerpoint Effectively

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2009 •• Category: Teaching

I’ve collected various PowerPoint resources and links on a single page. These include my Using Powerpoint Effectively Handout and information about Edward Tufte, who has written extensively on the use and abuse of this ubiquitous tool. He is shown here explaining how critical information may become obscured by excessive bullets and other “auto content” features (as was the case with the Columbia disaster).