Answered By: Rachel Lerner
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2021     Views: 219

The best resource for case studies in the Netter Library is the Access Series. We currently have the following Access Modules:

The modules each have their own case studies.

Some of the relevant cases from the Case Files collection are also included in the modules, but there are hundreds of independent cases as well.

The CaseFiles collection is a collection of only cases, all with associated questions. To access the Q&A portion, you may create a free MyAccess account that will unlock those features. That single account will serve and track all of the above sites. If you are signed in, the system will keep track of which cases and/or content you have viewed and to what level of completion.



The Access Series also features podcasts that contain case discussions.


Additional Resources for Case Studies:

Clinical Key

A simple search in Clinical Key for clinical case [topic] will bring up case studies.


LWW Health Library

LWW Health Library has a library of cases, delivered as PDFs. There are questions associated with each case. 


Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination

While these aren’t cases in the traditional sense, Bates’ has a series of video cases with real humans designed to prepare students for their OSCEs. The cases are all roughly 15 to 30 minutes long. Each poses questions of the viewer, but there is no built-in method of assessment or tracking.


New England Journal of Medicine Interactive Medical Cases 

A library of 62 (and growing) interactive medical cases. To save and resume later, create a FREE account.


New England Journal of Medicine Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital

A library of almost 7,000 case reports. Includes references.


Netter Library Book & Ebook Collection

We have many books and ebooks full of case studies in the Netter Library. The link above is a general search of the collection for case studies. You may add keywords to the search to make it more specific. 


Web Resources:

Life in the Fast Lane Clinical Cases

The LITFL Clinical Case Collection includes over 250 Q&A style clinical cases to assist ‘Just-in-Time Learning‘ and ‘Life-Long Learning‘. Cases are categorized by specialty and can be interrogated by keyword from the Clinical Case searchable database.



LiverTox is a resource from the National Library of Medicine. In the monograph linked above, drugs are listed individually; clicking on a drug will reveal information and case reports with references. 


MedPix® is a free open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics, integrating images and textual metadata including over 12,000 patient case scenarios, 9,000 topics, and nearly 59,000 images.


National League for Nursing Unfolding Cases

An unfolding case is one that evolves over time in a manner that is unpredictable to the learner. New situations develop and are revealed with each encounter. Each of these unfolding cases uses the highly regarded unfolding case model developed for Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACES). Each case includes the following:

A first-person monologue that introduces the family and the complex problems they are facing.
Simulation scenarios designed to help students practice assessing function and expectations of their patient(s), with links to appropriate evidence-based assessment tools. Suggestions for debriefing are included.
An innovative final assignment that asks students to finish the story.
Instructor toolkits with suggestions on how to use the various components of the unfolding cases and incorporate them into the curriculum.

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

NCCTS contains over 80 nursing-specific cases with questions (there are almost 900 cases in total in the database). Teaching notes and answer keys are only accessible via a subscription, but the cases and questions are freely available. 

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