VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

• (MED 7240) Principles of Primary Care and Osteopathic Medicine IV: 2.5 credit hours The Principles of Primary Care course includes the medical history and physical exam related to the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. The course includes the approach to the cardiopulmonary exams, the preventive medicine measures to address prevention of heart disease and lung disease, the differential diagnosis from the most common complaints, the most common medical conditions and injuries and abnormalities related to the exam. Students are also taught the most basic Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine techniques used to correct structural and functional abnormalities that relate to these systems and provide a mode of treatment for certain disorders. The course covers the most important history to determine the differential for clinical presentations of symptoms, the complete examination for the systems, and the integration of how abnormalities in the system may affect other systems. The course also covers nutritional considerations and preventive strategies for heart and pulmonary diseases. Additional laboratory time is dedicated to acquiring and advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine skills. Clinical skills for physical diagnosis and clinical procedural skills such as Arterial Blood Gas, EKG, Pulmonary Function Test, and airway management are taught in the clinical laboratory format. • (MED 7241) Integrated Clinical Cases in Cardiology and Pulmonology: 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 7277) Clinical Medicine: Cardiology and Pulmonology Systems: 4.5 credit hours Clinical Medicine brings in the most common diseases affecting the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems as well as nose and throat and include 80 to 90% diseases, disorders, and injuries most often seen in primary care and emergent settings. This curriculum provides the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment for genetic, infectious, immunological, acute and chronic medical, traumatic, and surgical cases and incorporates EBM guidelines where they exist. 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 also learn the importance and role of the health professions team for respiratory and cardiac rehabilitation. As a part of the assessment for this course, students must pass and EKG exam and must participate in and pass cardiopulmonary simulations. Within these simulations, students will have the opportunity to role play as other members of the health professions team. • (MED 7311) Clinical Procedural Skills: 1 credit hour Clinical Procedures Skills Course is an 18 hour academic year long course composed of modules residing in Blocks 2 thru 4. The modules have been selected based on American Osteopathic Association and American Academy Medical Colleges guidelines for preclinical medical students. The modules are constructed to provide the educational framework for a health care provider to demonstrate competency in clinical medical procedures. The Clinical Procedural Skills Course includes: o Block 2: Clinical procedural skills most common to the musculoskeletal system (taping, casting, joint injection, etc.) are taught in the clinical laboratory format. Students learn the role of athletic trainers and physical therapists in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. o Block 3: Clinical procedural skills most common to the neurological system (lumbar puncture, principles of EMG and EEG) are taught in the clinical laboratory format.


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