VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook
• (MED 8900) Professional Development Capstone and Graduation: 4 credit hours During this course, mostly completed online, students will create and submit a medical student dossier. The dossier will include not only those items from the MSPE during the first three years of medical school but also the additional experiences gained in the OMS 4 year, which includes the patient care experience logs and the OMS 4 research and scholarly activity paper. The dossier will be kept in the student’s permanent file. Students are also required to be on campus during graduation week, generally for a minimum of 3 and up to 4 days in order to complete additional forms and attend graduation exercises. This course is graded as pass or fail and students must complete all forms, online paperwork, and attend graduation for a successful passing grade.
OMS 4 Elective Rotations • (MED 8400/8401/8402/8403) Elective Clinical Rotation 1 • (MED 8410/8411/8412/8413) Elective Clinical Rotation II • (MED 8420/8421/8422/8423) Elective Clinical Rotation III • (MED 8430/8431/8432/8433) Elective Clinical Rotation IV • (MED 8440/8441/8442/8443) Elective Clinical Rotation V
Elective choices In Elective or in Elective and Selective combinations, no more than 16 weeks may be scheduled in any one specialty rotation during the OMS 4 year, to allow for a more broad-based education in the fourth year. OMS 4 students are allowed up to five electives in sites other than VCOM core sites. One elective may be used as a research month to complete an approved CDC, NIH, federally sponsored, or faculty mentored research project. Elective choices include: • Students may repeat an Intensive Medicine Selective, Medicine Selective, or Surgical Selective as an elective. • In addition, the following electives are available: o 4 Week Rotations: Addiction Medicine; Adolescent Medicine; CDC, NIH, federally sponsored, or faculty mentored research project; Maternal/Fetal Medicine; Medical or Trauma Intensive Care; Pediatrics; Preventive Medicine; Psychiatric Specialties; Reproductive Endocrinology; Rural Family Medicine; and Urgent Care. Additional rotations that are deemed important for residency preparation or a student’s education may be approved through the Associate Dean. Research may only be selected for 1 of the 5 electives. o 2 or 4 Week Rotations: Dermatology, Forensic Pathology, Pain Management, Pathology, and Radiology o 2 Week Rotations: Palliative Care/Hospice, Podiatry, Public Health o 1 Week Rotation: Dermatology Additional Electives • (MED 8163) Pediatric Intensive Care Course (PICU Boot Camp): 0.5 credit hours The Pediatric Intensive Care Course delivers a high-yield boot camp for fourth year medical students who matched in pediatrics or combined Med-Peds residency programs, to enhance specific skills and knowledge in pediatric critical care needed for, but not limited to, pediatric residency training. The course facilitates the transition from medical student to intern.
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