Introduction to Clinical Medicine II is a course designed to introduce the students to the practice of medicine. The knowledge gained in the Basic Sciences will be integrated with the “art” of medicine. Students will sharpen their skills in history taking and physical diagnosis and learn how to formulate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plans. Patient communication and professionalism will be stressed throughout the course.
The learning experience will include classroom lectures and small group sessions emphasizing clinical presentation, diagnostic work up, differential diagnoses, treatment plans and case scenarios. Patient experiences will take place in both a virtual clinic setting and in preceptor offices with a practicing medical provider. Each week students will spend time in the Clinical Skills Lab for further “hands-on” experiences. The above will be supplemented with additional special lectures on topics including Ethics, EKG, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Addiction Medicine, Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, Behavior Sciences, Genetics, Surgery, Vaccines & Travel Medicine, Palliative Care and Dermatology.
The Clinical Preceptor Program exposes students to direct patient care by having students work in offices, hospitals or operating rooms with physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners and exposes other students to indirect patient care by having students work with Pathologists and Laboratory Technicians. The major emphasis in this section of the ICM II course is on the content of clinical medicine and on the grasping of the meaning and awesome responsibility inherent in being a physician. Each student will keep a journal of the clinical situations and or pathology lab experiences encountered making sure to adhere to HIPAA rules.
The goal of ICMII is to prepare students to enter clinical rotations with a skill set that allows them to comfortably and successfully interact with patients. Students will be prepared to practice evidence-based medicine and achieve the six core competencies as outlined by the ACGME. Preparation for Step 1 of the USMLE will also be important during the course.
- Review the clinical presentations of medical illnesses while incorporating the fundamentals taught during Basic Sciences
- Further hone communication skills in patient interactions that were taught in ICM I
- Learn the importance of appropriate professional behavior and appearance and its significance for good patient outcomes
- Practice efficient, focused history taking
- Practice efficient, focused physical exam skills
- Learn to develop differential diagnoses based on symptoms and signs gathered from the focused history and physical exam
- Learn the use of laboratory and radiologic investigations by balancing clinical benefit with costs and harms
- Learn cost effective use of resources in the treatment of patients
- Develop a plan of care integrating evidence-based, guideline-driven treatment plans
- Learn to deliver efficient and concise patient presentations
- Document the office visit using a focused SOAP note format
- Practice commonly used medical procedures in a Clinical Lab setting