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. Additional laboratory time is dedicated to acquiring and advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine skills. • (MED 7242) Competency in Clinical Skills: 1 credit hour The Competency in Clinical Skills course is a simulation-based, psychomotor course that instructs and assesses students on clinical skills, clinical reasoning, and medical procedures through the context of patient encounters and procedural skills. Clinical skills, professional development, and medical procedures are major curricular focuses providing early patient exposure and the means to develop outstanding clinical thinking, technical skills, and a sense of professionalism utilizing evidence-based medicine. Curricular time is devoted to clinical skills, reasoning, professional development, and procedural skill activities. Students meet in small group sessions as they work with clinical faculty to apply interview and examinations skills to the diagnosis and treatment of patients and is an opportunity for students to practice medical procedural skills under supervision. 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. Individual demonstration of the patient encounter and procedural skill will be video recorded, graded, and archived to fulfill college requirements and may be used for educational and research purposes. • (MED 7277) Clinical Medicine: Cardiology and Pulmonology Systems: 4 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. As a part of the assessment for this course, students must pass and EKG exam. • (MED 7326) Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health: Clinical Prevention: 1.5 credit hours The Preventive Medicine course provides a population health perspective to clinical prevention and reinforces evidence-based principles as applied in the fields of infectious disease, chronic disease, mental and behavioral health, occupational and environmental health, and global health. Community and population health principles are addressed by identifying concepts integral to health promotion and disease prevention. Students are also introduced to analyzing data on disease outbreaks and emerging diseases and applying measures to control the spread of disease. This course includes an Interprofessional Experience (IPE) experience.


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