• 289 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
1974 …2020

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Area of Expertise

Dr. Papa’s research interest in education began shortly after joining UNTHSC in 1979 when a student asked him to explain how he was using each piece of patient data, one sign and symptom at a time, to arrive at a diagnosis. While unable to provide a coherent answer, he used his programming and math skills to create a crude, computer-based model that could explicitly represent how a physician might process each sign/symptom while diagnosing patients with acute chest pain.
This computer-based representation of diagnostic reasoning eventually led to the construction of an artificial intelligence tool called KBIT. Dr. Papa has since redesigned KBIT as an intelligent, web-based tutor that allows students to acquire the declarative knowledge and procedural knowledge that serve as antecedents to the development of diagnostic competence.

Education/Academic qualification

DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

PhD in Higher Education, University of North Texas

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Research Output

  • 289 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 2 Letter

An Epigenetic Perspective on Lifestyle Medicine for Depression: Implications for Primary Care Practice

Lee, J. S., Jaini, P. A. & Papa, F., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • An Epigenetics-Based, Lifestyle Medicine–Driven Approach to Stress Management for Primary Patient Care: Implications for Medical Education

    Lee, J., Papa, F., Jaini, P. A., Alpini, S. & Kenny, T., 1 May 2020, In : American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 14, 3, p. 294-303 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Aggregated student confidence estimates support continuous quality improvements in a competencies-oriented curriculum

    Papa, F. J. & Alexander, J. H., 1 Mar 2019, In : BMJ open quality. 8, 1, e000398.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Improving diagnosis by improving education: a policy brief on education in healthcare professions

    Graber, M. L., Rencic, J., Rusz, D., Papa, F., Croskerry, P., Zierler, B., Harkless, G., Giuliano, M., Schoenbaum, S., Colford, C., Cahill, M. & Olson, A. P. J., 25 Sep 2018, In : Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany). 5, 3, p. 107-118 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    10 Scopus citations

    A Dual Processing Theory Based Approach to Instruction and Assessment of Diagnostic Competencies

    Papa, F. J., 1 Dec 2016, In : Medical Science Educator. 26, 4, p. 787-795 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle