Joseph John Rencic MD

Professor, General Internal Medicine

Course Director, Integrated Problems and Clinical Reasoning

72 E. Concord Street | (617) 638-7468
Joseph Rencic

General Internal Medicine


Joseph J. Rencic, MD, received his BS at Georgetown University and his MD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor of Medicine at Boston University and a hospitalist in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rencic’s research seeks to improve health professionals’ clinical reasoning and enhance their diagnostic accuracy and treatment decisions, with the ultimate goal of reducing medical errors and improving patient outcomes. He has developed and disseminated theory-based strategies for how to effectively teach and evaluate clinical reasoning through curricula, assessment methods, journal publications, and a book, “Teaching Clinical Reasoning.” His multiple peer-reviewed publications in clinical reasoning have challenged existing constructs, proposed a new conceptual framework, provided a seminal reference for its assessment, highlighted the inadequacy of clinical reasoning curricula in U.S. medical schools, and developed the first set of interprofessional competencies in diagnosis.

In addition to his research, Dr. Rencic is the Director of Clinical Reasoning Education, the co-course Director of Doctoring 2, and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators at the Boston University School of Medicine. He also serves as Acting Internship Director for the fourth-year internal medicine rotation at Boston Medical Center. These positions align with his strong professional interests in medical education, curriculum design, assessment, competency, and mentoring.

Dr. Rencic has been actively involved in the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, serving as councilor for the Clerkship Director of Internal Medicine, as well as the Society for Improved Diagnosis in Medicine.

Along with two colleagues, he received the 2017 Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine Louis N Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award, which was given for his innovative work in teaching clinical reasoning to medical students. He also received the 2010 Medical Educator Award from the New England region of the Society of General Internal Medicine, which is awarded to an outstanding generalist clinician-educator.

Other Positions

Director of Clinical Reasoning Education

Co-course Director of Doctoring 2

Academy of Medical Educator


Medicine, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1998

BS, Georgetown University, 1994


Published on 7/13/2021

Parsons AS, Clancy CB, Rencic JJ, Warburton KM. Targeted Strategies to Remediate Diagnostic Reasoning Deficits. Acad Med. 2021 Jul 13. PMID: 34261865.

Published on 10/20/2020

Trowbridge RL, Rencic JJ, Wijesekera TP, Olson APJ. Avoiding Cognitive Errors in Clinical Decision Making. Ann Intern Med. 2020 10 20; 173(8):678-679. PMID: 33075248.

Published on 10/17/2020

Thammasitboon S, Sur M, Rencic JJ, Dhaliwal G, Kumar S, Sundaram S, Krishnamurthy P. Psychometric validation of the reconstructed version of the assessment of reasoning tool. Med Teach. 2021 02; 43(2):168-173. PMID: 33073665.

Published on 8/27/2020

Daniel M, Torre D, Durning SJ, Wilson E, Rencic JJ. Ecological psychology: diagnosing and treating patients in complex environments. Diagnosis (Berl). 2020 08 27; 7(3):339-340. PMID: 32589595.

Published on 8/27/2020

Olson APJ, Durning SJ, Fernandez Branson C, Sick B, Lane KP, Rencic JJ. Teamwork in clinical reasoning - cooperative or parallel play? Diagnosis (Berl). 2020 08 27; 7(3):307-312. PMID: 32697754.

Published on 8/27/2020

Rencic J, Schuwirth LWT, Gruppen LD, Durning SJ. Clinical reasoning performance assessment: using situated cognition theory as a conceptual framework. Diagnosis (Berl). 2020 08 27; 7(3):241-249. PMID: 32031971.

Published on 8/27/2020

Rencic J, Schuwirth LWT, Gruppen LD, Durning SJ. A situated cognition model for clinical reasoning performance assessment: a narrative review. Diagnosis (Berl). 2020 08 27; 7(3):227-240. PMID: 32352400.

Published on 8/27/2020

Torre D, Durning SJ, Rencic J, Lang V, Holmboe E, Daniel M. Widening the lens on teaching and assessing clinical reasoning: from "in the head" to "out in the world". Diagnosis (Berl). 2020 08 27; 7(3):181-190. PMID: 32142479.

Published on 8/24/2020

Khan M, Madi MY, Rencic J. Apixaban-induced cutaneous leucocytoclastic vasculitis. BMJ Case Rep. 2020 Aug 24; 13(8). PMID: 32843390.

Published on 8/1/2020

Parsons AS, Wijesekera TP, Rencic JJ. The Management Script: A Practical Tool for Teaching Management Reasoning. Acad Med. 2020 08; 95(8):1179-1185. PMID: 32349018.

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