Practice of Medicine 4 (POM 4) is specially designed to help each of you individually better prepare for your internship. Students are divided into specialty groups based on where they hope to match, will participate in sessions specific to that particular specialty, as well as in sessions with all or some classmates. To help students learn, you will be exposed to various learning modalities – lectures, small groups, workshops, simulation exercises, and on-line modules. This is a learning intensive month, and it might be a bit of a culture shock after your last several months, but by the end of it, you are going to feel much more comfortable to be called Doctor. As stated above, students are divided into specialty groups based on what specialty they hope to match in for residency. There are currently 10 specialty groups, some of which also take courses combined with other specialty groups depending on what their specialty requirements are for a preliminary year. The specialty groups are: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Med-Peds, OB/GYN, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Surgery. While Dr. Roche is the overall POM 4 Course Director, each specialty group also has its own Specialty Director. Regardless of which field or specialty you may select, there are basic objectives we would like all students to achieve by the end of POM 4.
• Formulate the care plan for patients with common medical conditions and specific life-threatening emergencies. • Demonstrate effective communication skills in dealing with difficult topics, interpersonal challenges, and various medical conditions. • Manage procedural interventions necessary for residency. • Assess patients with acute and chronic medical illnesses.
A combination of IDIS 6240 and IDIS 6241 into a combined month-long block.