• 274 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
1974 …2019
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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

PhD in Higher Education, University of North Texas

DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Projects 2013 2015

Research Output 1974 2019

  • 274 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 2 Letter
  • 2 Review article
Medical Education
Life Style
Primary Health Care
3 Citations (Scopus)

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

Interprofessional Relations
Attitude of Health Personnel
Diagnostic Errors
Health Personnel

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

Medical Manuscripts
Patient Care
Clinical Competence
1 Citation (Scopus)

Faculty development directed at curricular reforms designed to improve patient outcomes

Papa, F. J. & D’Agostino, D., 1 Nov 2016, In : Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 116, 11, p. 736-741 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Errors
Physician's Role
1 Citation (Scopus)
Delivery of Health Care
Osteopathic Medicine
Public Health
Medical Faculties