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Core Clinical Conditions and Skills


MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE AND CLINCAL CARE:

    • Every student should understand the etiology, clinical manifestations and pathophysiology of common illnesses encountered during this rotation and as outlined below
    • Every student should be able to demonstrate consistent, complete and adequate data collection during history taking on the common illnesses encountered during this rotation and as outlined below
    • Every student should be able to develop the differential diagnosis for, an appropriate assessment of and basic treatment plan for the following:

    • CORE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
      • Chest pain
      • Dyspnea
      • Edema
      • Jaundice

    • CORE CLINICAL ISSUES:
      • Anemia
      • Cancer
      • COPD
      • Coronary artery disease
      • Congestive Heart Failure
      • GI bleed
      • DVT/ Pulmonary Embolism
      • Liver disease
      • Pneumonia
      • Renal failure
      • HIV (acute or chronic)
      • Nosocomial Infections

    • SECONDARY CLINICAL ISSUES (NOT REQUIRED BUT OFTEN COVERED AND MAY BE TESTED ON THE EXAMS)
      • General Care of the Hospitalized Patient—Nutrition/diet, bowel care, sleep issues, activity levels, fluids and electrolytes, skin care, etc.
      • Pain Management
      • Infections
      • Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances
      • Sepsis/DIC/Shock
      • Hypertensive Crisis
      • Common Endocrine Problems
      • Delirium/Dementia

    • Every student should be able to complete a comprehensive and focused history and physical examination for each of the clinical entities above.
    • Every student should be able to correctly and thoroughly perform the following physical examination skills:
    • PHYSICAL EXAM SKILLS:
      • Cardiovascular Examination
      • Pulmonary Examination
      • Every student should be able to interpret the results of the following diagnostic tests, identify appropriate times for ordering such tests, and apply them to the clinical care of a patient:

    • DIAGNOSTIC TESTS:
      • Basic chemistries including renal function and hepatic function studies
      • ABG
      • Cardiac Enzymes
      • Cultures/Gram Stains
      • EKG
      • Radiology (chest and abdominal plain films, abdominal ultrasound, basic chest and abdominal CT)

COMMUNICATION:
PROFESSIONALISM:
SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE:
PRACTICE-BASED IMPROVEMENT: