VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

• (MED 7245) Principles of Primary Care and Osteopathic Medicine V: 2 credit hours The Principles of Primary Care course includes the medical history and physical exam related to the Gastrointestinal and Renal systems. The course includes the approach to differential diagnosis from the most common complaints, the most common medical conditions and injuries or abnormalities of the system, preventive medicine, and 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 7252) Competency in Clinical Skills V: 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 7283) Clinical Medicine: Nephrology: 1.5 credit hours Clinical Medicine in Nephrology and Urology brings in the most common diseases affecting the renal systems and includes 80 to 90% of diseases and disorders most often seen in primary care and the emergent setting. This curriculum provides the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment of the various disorders or diseases. Where Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) quality-of-care guidelines exist, they are included. Conditions included are genetic, infectious, acute and chronic medical, traumatic, and surgical cases and each incorporates the anatomy, physiology, and pathology knowledge learned earlier in the block. 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. • (MED 7289) Clinical Medicine: Gastroenterology: 2.5 credit hours Clinical Medicine brings in the most common diseases affecting the Gastrointestinal system including 80 to 90% diseases and disorders most often seen in primary care or emergent settings. This curriculum provides the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Where quality-of-care guidelines exist, they are included. Conditions include genetic, infectious, acute and chronic medical, traumatic, and surgical conditions. 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.

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