VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

• (MED 8100) Clinical Surgery: 4 credit hours The Surgery rotation is primarily done in the hospital setting with mixed ambulatory pre-surgical and post surgical experiences. All experiences, regardless of setting have the goal of representing the most common surgical conditions that patients are cared for by the primary care physician in conjunction with a surgeon. To avoid redundancy, topics are removed where they are also covered in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. Students must also learn to discriminate emergent surgical conditions from non emergent ones. • (MED 8115) Surgery Modules: 1 credit hour The student must complete a minimum of 20 surgery assignments or modules that cover those items most often seen in the surgical setting (both inpatient and outpatient). Each module should take approximately one to two hours to complete. • (MED 8121/8122) Clinically Integrated Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: 2 credit hours The OMM curriculum is integrated into the OMS-3 year core rotations to ensure that students continue to learn and practice Osteopathic Principles as well as to demonstrate how to incorporate these principles into the appropriate care of patients in the clinical setting. Curriculum integration occurs through both didactic and practical curricular components. Students are tested to assure their understanding of the core OMM concepts assigned each month during an end of rotation examination. Each end of rotation OMM exam will have 10 questions specific to the assigned OMM content for that specific rotation. • (MED 8147) Comprehensive Review Course II: 4 credit hours The Comprehensive Review Course II is the cumulative course for the OMS 3 year. The course is designed to ensure that students have attained the fundamental osteopathic clinical skills needed to be promoted to the OMS 4 year. The course includes the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Performance Exam and the COMSAE Phase 2 exam, both of which serve as summative exams for the OMS 3 year. The course assesses the student’s ability to integrate the foundational biomedical sciences with other areas of medical knowledge relevant to solving clinical problems and promoting and maintaining health during the provision of osteopathic medical care to patients. • (MED 8190) Medical or Surgical Selective: 4 credit hours This rotation serves to provide students, who are interested in a specialty outside of the OMS 3 core required rotations, with a four-week timeframe to potentially complete a rotation experience in that field prior to starting the fourth year. This rotation may be a medical or surgical selective in one of the disciplines listed below. In addition, the selective may consist of military officer training or a military rotation. This rotation must be completed at any designated VCOM core site across any of our campus locations as approved by the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Students must speak to their AD as to whether VCOM housing exists or whether the student needs to secure their own housing. Students may choose from the following options: o Medical Selectives: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, ONMM, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology, VCOM International Rotation o Surgical Selectives: Anesthesiology, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Urology • (MED 8700) Research and Scholarly Activity: 4 credit hours During residency training and in clinical practice beyond, all physicians will be required to frequently search out, review and critically appraise a variety of clinical topics in the ever-growing body of medical literature. This scholarly activity provides students the opportunity to further develop skills in reviewing evidence based medicine, critical thinking, and writing skills, all while working in collaboration with VCOM clinical faculty members. The work must not have been previously published or presented. The student is expected to spend not less than 200 hours on this paper. The paper will receive a letter grade. The grade the student receives on their research paper will also be the grade the student receives for the Research and Scholarly Activity credit hours.


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