Foundations in Clinical Medicine


The course will be held from 8 AM - 5 PM June 11-15 and June 18 and 19, 2018. This course is packed with content and is intended to replicate the tempo of a typical clinical day. Students are expected to arrive on time for each session and to remain in class throughout the day. Other than an hour for lunch, there are no scheduled breaks. Students should expect nightly homework assignments.

The FICM course has eight components:

1. Clinical Thinking: In small group sessions, you will learn to reason through a clinical case, incorporating the history, physical examination and laboratory testing into the differential diagnosis and management plan.

2. Data: In small group sessions, you will learn to understand and interpret common laboratory tests such as the BMP, ABG, pleural fluid and chest x-ray.

3. Didactics: Faculty members, residents and medical students will speak to you about important topics such as reading the medical literature, and resources for the third-year of medical school and beyond.

4. Management: In small group sessions, you will learn about intravenous fluids as well as how to manage common medical emergencies including hemorrhage, hypotension and hypoxia.

5. Physical examination: Working in small groups, you will explore physical diagnosis techniques for the lungs, heart, abdomen and nervous system.

6. Presentations: Working in small groups, you will learn to present new and follow-up patients in a variety of clinical environments including surgery, pediatrics, gynecology and internal medicine.

7. Procedures: Work ing in small groups, you will learn to perform procedures including IV cannulation, mask ventilation and Foley catheter placement, as well as their indications and potential complications.

8. FICM Lab: Dr. Glick and Dr. O'Connor will hold office hours every evening for students who would like additional practice or who would like to explore the day's material in further detail.