Course type: Online; Self-Paced
Duration: Available for 2 months
Time required: Up to 1 hour per module
Target Audience: Residents
Specialty: Family Medicine
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Language: English and Portuguese
Family Medicine and General Practice
Family medicine is defined as the medical specialty that manages common and long-term diseases in children and adults, focusing on overall health and wellness. The practice of family medicine physicians focuses on primary care settings such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and others. This definition is based on the concept of common diseases, reflecting the reality that family physicians manage most health conditions in a community.
Family Medicine and General Practice course allow you, as a future resident, to develop your clinical reasoning and decision-making skills, practicing with a variety of adult patients in the medical appointment environment. Throughout this course, you will find five clinical scenarios of intermediate and advanced complexity in the allergology, respiratory, endocrinology, nephrology, and cardiology areas.
Virtual patient training aims to provide comprehensive family medicine training to prepare future residents for independent practice in a controlled, patient-centered environment. Promoting professionalism and accelerating growth as a future specialist will bring excellence in care and treatment to the communities you serve. This course provides an enriching learning environment to enhance the next stage of your future professional career.
Recommended for medical students in clinical years who are interested in developing their clinical skills to enter a family medicine residency program
- 5 Modules
The course consists of 5 modules with virtual patient cases, with increasing level of complexity.
- Online, Self-paced
You have up to 2 months to complete the 5 modules at your own pace.
- Certificate of Completion
After completing the course, you will be given a Certificate of Completion.
What you will learn:
Through the five clinical scenarios in this guideline-based program, learners will be able to accomplish the following learning objectives:
- Identify and manage type 2 diabetes and evaluate vascular damage;
- Identify and control risk factors, namely obesity, and dyslipidemia;
- Diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
- Assess and management of Hereditary Angioedema (HAE);
- Manage chronic hyperkalemia in the outpatient setting;
- Treat coronary disease.
Body Interact has developed this course based on Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) programs, utilizing advanced medical simulation technology with virtual patients
Module 1 - Medical appointment for follow-up
Context: The presence of inherited conditions might be characterized by its recurrence. In this case, it has to be followed by family medicine physicians since the condition can be potentially fatal. The type, frequency, and severity of attacks vary between patients, and throughout the life of an individual patient.
Virtual Scenario: Anthony is being followed by an allergy/immunology outpatient clinic.
Module 2 - Referred for pulmonology appointment
Context: Lung disease can have diverse clinical presentations with multiple causes resulting in airflow limitation that is not completely reversible. Patients with these clinical conditions are at higher risk for the development of comorbidities and their surveillance is critical.
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Bernard felt unwell a few months ago, and his health was not improving. He visited his General Practitioner, who referenced him to a visit with a Pulmonologist.
Module 3 - Unexplained weight loss
Context: Several symptoms presented by a patient may reveal clinical conditions that are critical to be evaluated by the family physician. Early detection reduces morbidity and mortality by preventing or delaying complications. A greater understanding of the clinical conditions underlying the presenting symptoms can result in more patient-specific and tailored management.
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Townsend has been relatively healthy his whole life. However, recently he started to notice unexplained weight loss and is thirsty most of the time.
Module 4 - Clinical status after angina episode
Context: The risk of progression or development of recurrent coronary artery disease after an acute episode is frequent and surveillance in the first few months is essential. Direct patient education is important and should be reinforced and documented.
Virtual Scenario: About a month ago, Adelaide required emergency medical care due to unstable angina. Today she has her first appointment for long-term health care management.
Module 5 - Easily fatigued with weakness and loss of appetite
Context: Fatigue is one of the most common complaints in medicine. Fatigue can be related to physical but also psychological symptoms. The anamnesis is very important to find out the meaning of the patient’s condition.
Virtual Scenario: Mr. Alexander has not been feeling well lately. In the past few months, his daily activities have been increasingly more difficult. Finally, his wife noticed he wasn’t well and persuaded him to visit his doctor.
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