Emergency Medicine and Acute Care

Focus on the evaluation and treatment of medical conditions caused by trauma and sudden illness

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Course type: Online; Self-Paced
Duration: Available for 2 months
Modules: 5
Time required: Up to 1 hour per module
Target Audience: Residents and Medical Students
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Language: English and Portuguese
Certificate: Yes

About the Emergency Medicine and Acute Care 

This simulation-based online course with virtual patients aims to prepare residents and medical students for independent practice and immediate clinical decision-making in a controlled, patient-centered environment, helping you to become systematic problem-solver.

Fostering professionalism and accelerating the growth of future specialists brings excellence in care and treatment to the communities they will serve. This course promotes a better understanding of the pathophysiology of medical pathologies and the safe management of emergencies to enhance the next phase of your future professional career.

Emergency Medicine and Acute Care course allows you, as a resident or medical student, to develop your clinical reasoning and decision-making skills by practicing with a variety of adult and pediatric patients in the emergency room setting.

Throughout this course, you can practice in a safe, error-free environment at your own pace. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in practice by working through 5 virtual patient scenarios of intermediate and advanced complexity in the areas of Cardiology, Toxicology, Trauma, and Intensive Medicine.

Target Audience

Recommended for Residents and Medical Students

Course Overview

  • 5 Modules and Explanatory Videos
    The course is divided into 5 learning modules, in which you can practice with interactive virtual patient scenarios. After the simulations, an explanatory video is displayed for debriefing and self-reflexion.
  • Online, Self-paced
    The course is available for 2 months since your starting date. Complete the 5 modules at your own pace, one at a time.
  • Certificate of Completion
    After completing all the modules, you will receive a Certificate of Completion of the course.

What you will learn:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the focus of infection
  • Identify the risk for hyperkalemia and perform the necessary tests and procedures to correctly manage patients to a successful outcome
  • Assess the context of infection with respiratory and hemodynamic effects
  • Characterize abdominal pain in an infectious context (clinical and interview)
  • Confirm a diagnosis of cholecystitis through complementary exams
  • Treat coronary disease and manage multiple cardiovascular risk factors
  • Manage chronic hyperkalemia in the outpatient setting
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The Emergency Medicine and Acute Care Course is based on Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) programs, utilizing advanced medical simulation technology with virtual patients.

Explanatory videos and clinical content reviewed by:

Professor Paulo Martins is Body Interact clinical reviewer

Professor Paulo Martins


Expert in Intensive Care
Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Course Outline

Module 1 - Found at home by her brother

Context: Identifying symptoms that may be associated with unknown medical conditions is essential to approach the patient as soon as possible, and to understand their cause in order to avoid severe complications. Some symptoms are immediate, while others may appear later.

Virtual Scenario:  Lilian was found at home by her brother in her bedroom confused, dull with slurred speech.

Module 2 - Gang brawl

Context: All injuries produce direct tissue damage. Its nature and extent depend on the anatomical site, mechanism, and intensity of the trauma. Severe direct tissue injury on critical organs accounts for the majority of immediate trauma deaths.

Virtual Scenario: Lucas was working on building a house when he was hit by a stray bullet in a gang brawl. He was brought to the emergency department.

Module 3 - Baby crying without apparent reason

Context: Identifying the cause of a baby’s crying can bring some challenges. It can be associated with serious conditions, and rapid assessment and timely medical management can lead to better outcomes and increased survival in pediatric patients.

Virtual Scenario: John is a healthy baby who just recently passed eight months of age. However, one day he started crying without apparent reason, and he didn’t get better the next day, so his mother brought him to the Pediatric Emergency Unit.

Module 4 - Car crash

Context: Road accidents are one of the main causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. An adequate systematized approach contributes to the reduction of severe complications resulting from trauma.

Virtual Scenario: Jack was involved in a car collision with a motorbike, but can’t recall what happened. Due to the severity of injuries including seat belt abrasions, multiple contusions, and spine immobilization, he was carried out at the scene.

Module 5 - A friend's birthday dinner

Context: Shortness of breath can be associated with severe and potentially fatal clinical conditions if not treated in a timely manner. Identifying the cause is critical for proper and effective treatment.

Virtual Scenario: Ms. Hughes was celebrating a friend’s birthday at a dinner party when suddenly she started with respiratory difficulty, and wheezing became progressively more severe. Her friend called for an ambulance, reporting that she is allergic to seafood and had eaten a little cocktail, not knowing that it had seafood.

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