VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook
• (MED 7230) Principles of Primary Care and Osteopathic Medicine II: 1 2.5 credit hours The Principles of Primary Care course includes the following clinical care principles: the normal history and physical examination of the muscular and skeletal systems, the abnormalities that occur in the history and physical with various disorders or disease processes, the approach to differential diagnosis from the most common complaints related to the systems, and the most common injuries or abnormalities seen in primary care. In this block, the student is introduced to the osteopathic structural examination and the structural considerations of the most basic osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) techniques used to correct structural muscular and skeletal abnormalities involving the spine and extremities. The course also covers the most important history to determine the differential diagnosis for clinical presentations, the complete examination for the systems and the integration of how abnormalities affect the overall health of the patient. Additional laboratory time is dedicated to acquiring and advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine skills. • (MED 7231) Integrated Clinical Cases in Musculoskeletal Medicine: 1 credit hour The Integrated Clinical Cases course is a case-based by system course utilizing evidence-based medicine. Clinical skills and professional development are major curricular focuses that span all four years, providing early patient exposure and the means to develop outstanding clinical thinking, technical skills, and a sense of professionalism. In the Integrated Clinical Cases course, pre-clinical phase, substantial curricular time is devoted to clinical skills and reasoning and professional development activities. Students meet in small groups as they work with clinical faculty to apply interview and examinations skills to the diagnosis and treatment of patients and the personal and professional aspects of becoming a physician. These activities provide focused opportunities to learn through cooperation and collaboration, which helps students develop their abilities to work with groups of colleagues and co-workers in a professional environment. • (MED 7301) Clinical Medicine: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Rheumatology, and Orthopedics: 2 credit hours Clinical Medicine brings in the most common diseases affecting the system (musculoskeletal disorders comprise 60% of diseases and disorders presenting in the primary care and emergent settings). The curriculum provides the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment of the various disorders, tumors, injuries, and rheumatologic diseases. The course introduces nonsurgical and orthopedic treatment of injuries. The course includes conditions presented through lecture and cases that include genetic, infectious, immunological, acute and chronic medical, traumatic, and surgical cases. The anatomy, physiology, and pathology knowledge required is presented earlier in the block and reinforced through the clinical medicine. Treatment includes osteopathic principles, pharmacology, and surgical treatments. Diagnostic procedures are presented including radiology, laboratory results, and other disease specific diagnostic exams. The course is taught in lecture and case presentation format and often requires a pre reading by the student for the cases discussed in class. The knowledge gained in this course is also needed to pass the corresponding SP examinations in the PPC/OMM course. Students learn the role of the radiology team, athletic trainers, and physical therapists in caring for patients with musculoskeletal problems. • (MED 7314) Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health: Foundations in Research and Biostatistics: 2 .5 credit hours Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics introduces students to epidemiological methods used in public health to determine the distribution and determinants of disease and health outcomes. Examples from patient care and clinical research are applied to explain epidemiological concepts pertaining to public health surveillance, study design, measures of risk commonly used in each study design, and association between risk and outcome. Basic statistical concepts commonly used in clinical research are introduced, including statistical inference, hypothesis testing, types of data and understanding the difference between parametric and non-parametric tests. This course includes an Interprofessional Experience (IPE) experience.
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