Internal Medicine Essentials Course

Practice through virtual patients with multiple organs and system dysfunction

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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: Internal Medicine
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Language: English and Portuguese
Certificate: Yes

A simulation-based online course that challenges residents and future residents to test their competencies and be prepared for the daily challenges of an Internist.

About the Internal Medicine Essentials Course

The “Internal Medicine Essentials” course provides a ground-breaking learning experience that allows you to practice with 5 virtual patient cases in a highly realistic simulation environment.

It aims to develop clinical reasoning and decision-making in the areas of gastroenterology, nephrology, infectious diseases, and cardiology. After each clinical case, in-depth explanatory videos are displayed, guided by Professor Paulo Martins, MD, Ph.

The spectrum of knowledge in Internal Medicine is so broad that it is necessary to treat a large and diverse population with different pathologies.

Internists are physicians who devote their attention to the whole person and are known to be the experts in the global clinical approach to each patient. As a result, the internist is particularly adept at dealing with complex patients with multiple diseases affecting multiple organs or systems, with rare diseases, or with difficult clinical pictures that have not yet been diagnosed.

Target Audience

Recommended for residents or medical students in clinical years who wish to develop their clinical skills in Internal Medicine.

Course Overview

  • 5 Modules
    The course includes 5 modules with virtual patient cases, with increasing levels of complexity.
  • Explanatory videos
    After each clinical case, an in-depth explanatory video is made available
  • Online, Self-paced
    The course is 2 months to complete after the start date, and you can complete it at your own pace. 
  • Certificate of Completion
    After completing the course, a Certificate of Completion will be sent to your email.

What you will learn:

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to:

  • Identify the focus an 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 the diagnosis of cholecystitis through complementary exams;
  • Treat coronary disease and manage multiple cardiovascular risk factors;
  • Manage chronic hyperkalemia in an outpatient setting
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Body Interact developed this course based on Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) programs, using advanced medical simulation technology with virtual patients.
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 - Fall caused by breathlessness and slurred speech

Context: The presence of a bacterium in the bloodstream may bring severe complications to the patient such as hemodynamic complications and fever that require a systematic approach. The clinical variability and complexity of infections support the need for the appropriate clinical decision regarding patient management.


Virtual Scenario: Sophia was brought to the emergency unit by her sons after they found her fallen with slurred speech. She was having regular cardiology visits.

Module 2 - Outpatient follow-up

Context:Patients with a history of heart disease need to be evaluated in order to improve their general and cardiovascular health, including improvement of their physical condition, exercise tolerance, and control of symptoms associated with the disease. Reducing cardiovascular risk factors reduces the potential for disease progression or recurrence.

Virtual Scenario: About a month ago, Julia required emergency medical care due to unstable angina. Today she has her first appointment for long-term health care management.

Module 3 - Female patient with abdominal pain

Context: Taking the medical history and performing a physical examination are fundamental to diagnosing a disease. Since there are similar conditions that lead to abdominal pain, the specific cause of the pain will determine the course of treatment. 

Virtual Scenario: During the past four days, Daphne felt abdominal pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting. She has no diarrhea but has a fever. Today she decided to go to the emergency department.

Module 4 - Missed last week's dialysis session

Context: Dialysis is a treatment that allows the regulation of the extracellular volume and the elimination of elements that accumulate in renal failures, such as potassium and urea. It is also important to stress that hemodialysis prolongs and confers a quality of life to patients with chronic renal failure.

Virtual Scenario: Mr. Paranzino is a dialysis patient, who has missed dialysis for the past week. He arrives at the emergency department at 02.30 on Saturday with shortness of breath and leg swelling.

Module 5 - First visit to long-term care unit

Context: The medical assessment allows determining the patient’s state of health after having been hospitalized. It is essential to establish an adapted therapeutic and follow-up plan, in a coordinated and integrated way, in order to facilitate the maintenance of the capacity function and decrease the risk of re-hospitalization. 

Virtual Scenario: A month ago, Mr. Paranzino was admitted to the hospital for evaluation of worsening dyspnea on exertion and leg swelling. Today is his first visit with you for long-term health care management.

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