VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook
• (MED 7308) Clinical Medicine: Dermatology: 1 credit hour Clinical Medicine brings in the most common diseases affecting the dermatologic system including 80 to 90% of diseases and disorders most often seen in primary care. This curriculum provides prevention, the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment of the various disorders or diseases of the skin. Treatment includes pharmacologic and surgical treatments. 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. • (MED 7310) Clinical Medicine: Neuropsychiatry: 2 credit hours Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine cover the DSMIV criteria, the minor and major psychiatric illnesses and mood disorders and treatment, and the differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. The course is taught in lecture format but often requires a pre-reading by the student so that cases may be discussed in class. The Substance Abuse and Addiction materials cover the genetic and physiologic changes that occur with substance abuse that result in addiction, and the various treatments for dependency and addiction with the success rates of each. The course also covers the physician's role in contributing to prescription drug abuse, along with methods to avoid and treat prescription drug abuse. Students are taught the importance of the role of other mental health professionals. The course is taught in lecture based format and case presentations. • (MED 7315) Clinical Medicine: Hematology and Oncology: 1.5 credit hours The course covers the most common hemostatic and lymphatic conditions including cancerous and non- cancerous blood disorders and cancer of the lymphatic system. The course covers the clinical presentations, the differential diagnosis, and most up to date information on treatment. The course covers the treatment of HIV and other inherited or acquired immune disorders that affect the blood and immune system. The curriculum also covers clotting disorders and their treatment. The material is presented in lecture based format and clinical case presentations. Treatment includes osteopathic principles, pharmacology, and surgical treatments. Diagnostic procedures are presented including radiology, laboratory results, and other disease specific diagnostic exams. Students learn the importance of the role of the many healthcare providers required in caring for the patient with cancer from radiation therapy to the oncology nurse to the importance of hospice care. 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. • (MED 7324) Preventative Medicine and Public Health II: 1 credit hours This course includes the health of populations, community health principles, strategies to improve the health of a population, health and risk, epidemiologic study designs including internal and external validation, standardization, bias, and causality, and an introduction to statistics for medical research and medical literature reviews. The class will provide an understanding of the basic principles underlying research design, data analysis and interpretation of results. Students will become proficient in the review of medical literature. Students will design and implement a community based model. Certain epidemiologic diseases of concern will serve as models. Students learn the role of the community health department members in assessing and addressing community health risk. • (MED 7365) Comprehensive Assessment IV: Reproductive and Endocrine Systems; Integumentary, Hematologic, and Lymphatic Systems 1 credit hour Osteopathic physicians must demonstrate the understanding and application of established and evolving principles of foundational biomedical and clinical sciences integral to the practice of patient-centered osteopathic medical care. This assessment provides a benchmark for the osteopathic medical student to use as a measure of that integrated learning process using a comprehensive, multiple-choice format completed at the conclusion of Block 7. These questions will help students not only with developing a knowledge base for the reproductive, endocrine, integumentary, hematologic, and lymphatic systems, but also with the comprehension skills required to perform well on future Board testing.
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