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Integrative Skills

Welcome to Integrative Skills

These courses address the acquisition or application of specific knowledge in the management of patients in the clinical setting. 

Practice of Clinical Medicine
Core curriculum for preclinical medical students.  A series of 16workshops with Center Standardized Patients addressing complete and targeted medical history taking and systems based clinical examination.  Focuses on competencies of empathetic communication and diagnostic accuracy. 

Scientific Foundations of Medicine
Case based series using Standardized Patients focused on discussions of disease processes, management, and prognosis with patients and family and drawing on basic science underpinnings of disease.

Code Training for Internal Medicine Residents
Eight week TBL course held annually at the beginning of the academic year for Internal Medicine R2's addressing the application of the ACLS guidelines to multiple specific patient situations likely to be encountered in a medicine inpatient service.  Focuses on ACLS guidelines and team skills. 

Neonatal Resuscitation Program
Four hour course resulting in AAP NRP certification.  Course addresses scientific principles underlying neonatal physiology and resuscitation, and multiple opportunities for practice and reflection in a variety of potential delivery room scenarios in which resuscitation of the newborn is required - from simple bag valve mask ventilation to full code.

Neonatal Resuscitation Code
Monthly one hour sessions for Pediatrics residents rotating through the Neonatal ICU addressing airway management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for newborns.

NRP Instructor Course
Eight hour course offered approximately annually for training NRP Certified providers to become instructors.

Emergency Medicine Skills
Three hour bi monthly sessions for residents in resuscitation, ultrasonography, chest tube insertion, and management of other emergency cases.

Two hour sessions for residents to manage stroke and seizure.

Offered in collaboration with the VCU Ceneter for Trauma and Critical Care Education.

Offered in collaboration with the VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education.

Intern Orientation - Walk the Walk
Collaboration with the VCU Office of Graduate Medical Education.  The simulation portion of the orientation introduces incoming interns to teamwork and safety culture at the VCU Medical Center, and addresses universal competencies required at PGY-1 for interns of all specialties - consultation, informed consent, escalation and handoffs.  Conducted annually at the beginning of the academic year.

Integrated Critical Care Selective
Interprofessional course for students in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine.   Four two-hour modules over the four week course addressing primary and secondary surveys of critically ill patients, respiratory failure, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and "putting it all together".

Two hour course for students and residents in Emergency Medicine focused on the identification and acute management of toxic exposures including chemical ingestion and environmental exposure.

Pharmacology Simulations
One hour sessions for preclinical medical students addressing the application of pharmacology principles in the management of patients in acute care settings.  Multiple sessions during the academic year addressing adrenergic and cholinergic pharmacology and behavioral medicine.

Cardiology Simulations
One hour session for preclinical medical students addressing the evaluation and management of patients with cardiac complaints, offered during the cardiopulmonary/renal module of the MS-2 curriculum.

Welcome to M-1 - Begin the Walk
One hour sessions during the orientation for incoming medical students.  Scenarios are designed to introduce students to teamwork in the healthcare setting and use medically simple situations to illustrate the role of situation monitoring, supporting behavior, communication and leadership/follwership in successful clinical management.

Anesthesiology Skills
Three to four hour sessions for M-4 students on Anesthesiology Rotation and M3 Clerkship.  Skills are focused on both basic and difficult airway insertion as well as IV insertion and how to operate an anesthesia machine. Scenarios are designed to provide a simulated intraoperative experience on anesthetic induction and management of deteriorating patients under anesthesia. 

Surgical Skills
M4 Elective for students matching in surgical specialties.  One month course including suturing, knot tying and laparoscopic technical skills training, recognition and management of perioperative complications, teamwork in the operating room, and ethical considerations in the practice of surgery.

M3 Pediatric Clerkship: Two hour sessions on diagnosis and management of  respiratory distress using a 5year old simulator as the patient; plus two hour skills sessions (HELP) include using the heart, ear and infant lumbar puncture simulators.