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
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Language: English / Portuguese
Resources: Debriefing Videos
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Target: Medical
Modules: 5
Durations: 2 months
Time Effort: Up to 110 minutes per module
Certificate: Yes

Course Description

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 a systematic problem-solver. Fostering professionalism and accelerating the growth of future specialists brings excellence in care and treatment to the communities they will serve.

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. It 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.

Course Overview

  • 5 Modules
    • The course consists of 5 modules, with each containing a Clinical Scenario. You can attempt each case up to 3 times.
  • Average Time to practice (per module)
    • Clinical Scenario: 20 minutes per attempt (3 attempts: 60 minutes)
    • Final attempt (if applicable): 20 minutes
    • Multiple Choice Question: 5 minutes
    • Feedback Area: 10 minutes
    • Learning Objectives and Scientific References: 5 minutes
    • Debriefing Video: 10 minutes
  • Online, Self-paced
    • You have up to 2 months to complete the 10 modules at your own pace. The course can be accessed through Body Interact at any time.
  • Certificate of Completion
    • After completing the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that can be added to your CV or Resume.

Learning Objectives

• Identify drug intoxication;
• Assess the mechanism of injury trauma and identify the consequent injuries;
• Employ the trauma sequence;
• Perform of the ABCDE of Trauma;
• Apply the required treatment to multiple traumatic injuries;
• Adequate approach to a supraventricular tachycardia with cardiogenic shock;
• Anticipate and recognize airway difficulties of a patient with laryngeal edema originated from an allergic reaction.

Clinical Competencies


• Universal safety measures procedures
• Promote patient safety
• Establish drug dosing for common medications

Airway and Breathing

• Basic airway management
• Placement of oral airway
• Respiratory rate and rhythm assessment and interpretation
• Oximetry interpretation
• O2 administration
• Thorax (shape, movement, diameter, ribs and diaphragm)
• Lung (percuss, fremitus, auscult and qualities of air sound, lobar locations) examination
•Ventilator management
• Managing and interpreting chest drainage tubes


• Assess and interpret pulse (rate, rhythm and volume) and blood pressure
• Interpret capillary refill time
• Catheter management
• Determinate patient’s blood type and manage its component
• Cardiac defibrillation


• Assess mental status (level of arousal, response to auditory stimuli, to visual stimuli, noxious stimuli)
• Measure and interpret blood sugar values
• Detect heart murmurs and identify S1 (tricuspid, mitral) and S2 (pulmonary, aortic) heart sounds and detect S3, S4 gallops


• Lesion qualities assessment (petechiae, urticaria, jaundice, vesicles, etc)
• Gait, station and proprioception assessment
• Muscle tone, bulk, strength assessment
• Perform abdominal and pelvic examination (inspect, auscult, percuss and palp)
• Recognize the indications to perform gastric lavage
• Interpret imaging tests (Chest x-ray, Ultrasonography, Computed tomography and Magnetic resonance imaging, Electrocardiogram interpretation, Nuclear imaging techniques, Abdominal ultrasound)
• Interpret lab tests (Liver function, Renal function, Fluid/Electrolyte, Cardiac enzyme, Hematocrit, Arterial Blood Gas, coagulopathy rate,Lipid test, Blood culture, Urinalysis)
• Bladder catheterization (male and female)
• Perform body immobilization
• General wound care

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.

Authors and Speakers

With a multidisciplinary group of international clinical reviewers, Body Interact ensures a high standard of accuracy, diversity, and impact of its course.

Intensive Care Expert Doctor Paulo Martins photo

Paulo Martins

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

Scientific References

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  2. Aukema TS, Beenen LFM, Hietbrink F, Leenen LPH. Initial assessment of chest x-ray in thoracic trauma patients: awareness of specific injuries. Word J Radiol. 2012; 4(2):48-52.
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