Elexis C McBee


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Assistant Clerkship Director
Location: Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Research Interests:
Clinical Reasoning, Context Specificity
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The University of Findlay, Findlay, OH, 1999
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH, 2006
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, 2014


Dr. Elexis McBee is a native of Soldotna, AK who served in the US Navy from 2006 through 2017. She attended medical school at Ohio University before completing Internal Medicine internship and residency training at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD from 2006-2009. Following this, she was stationed at Naval Hospital Beaufort, SC as a staff internist and division officer. In 2012, she returned to Bethesda, MD to complete a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and also earned a Masters of Public Health degree from the Uniformed Services University. Following completion of her fellowship in 2014, she joined the Internal Medicine team at Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. From 2016 to 2017, she was also served as the Division Head for the outpatient internal medicine clinic. In 2017, she joined the education team at the Uniformed Services University as an Assistant Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego as a civilian. She is an associate professor of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has participated in several curriculum development projects and currently participates in ongoing research in clinical reasoning.


McBee E, Ratcliffe T, Picho K, Schuwirth L, Kelly, W, Masel J, Kay A, van der Vleuten C, Artino A, Durning SJ. Consequences of contextual factors on clinical reasoning in resident physicians. Advances in Health Science Education. 2015; 20 (5): 1225-1236. DOI: 10.1007/s10459-015-9597-x.

McBee E, Ratcliffe T, Goldszmidt M, Schuwirth L, Picho K, Artino A, Masel J, Durning SJ. Clinical reasoning tasks and resident physicians: what do they reason about? Academic Medicine. 2016; 91(7): 1022-8. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001024.

McBee E, Ratcliffe T, Picho K, Schuwirth L, Artino A , Yepes-Rios AM, Masel J, van der Vleuten C, Durning SJ. Contextual factors and clinical reasoning: Differences in diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning in board certified versus resident physicians. BMC Medical Education. 2017; 17:211. DOI 10.1186/s12909-017-1041-x

McBee E, Ratcliffe T, Schuwirth L, O’Neill D, Meyer H, Herman Madden S, Durning SJ. Context and clinical reasoning: Understanding the medical student perspective. Perspectives on Medical Education. 2018; 7:256. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40037-018-0417-x

McBee E, Blum C, Ratcliffe T, Schuwirth L, Polston E, Artino AR, Durning SJ. Use of clinical reasoning tasks by medical students. Diagnosis. 2019; ePub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1515/dx-2018-007.