JAOA/AACOM Medical Education  |   August 2018
Teaching Medical Students About Health Systems Science and Osteopathic Principles and Practice Using a Virtual World: The Envision Community Health Center
Author Notes
  • From the Departments of Faculty Development (Dr McCoy), Public Health (Dr Lewis), Family and Community Medicine (Dr Bennett, Ms Fernandez, and Dr Schwartz), and Osteopathic Medicine (Dr Heath) at the A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona in Mesa. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This project was supported by 3 sponsors: General Electric Centricity for use of Centricity electronic health records as part of the virtual community health center described in this study; Phoenix General Hospital Osteopathic Education Fund for integrating osteopathic considerations; and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T0BHP30028, Primary Care Training and Enhancement. 
  • Disclaimer: The information, content, and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, the HRSA, the HHS, or the US government. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Lise McCoy, EdD, A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, 5850 E Still Cir, Mesa, AZ 85206-3618. Email: lmccoy@atsu.edu
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Being a DO
JAOA/AACOM Medical Education   |   August 2018
Teaching Medical Students About Health Systems Science and Osteopathic Principles and Practice Using a Virtual World: The Envision Community Health Center
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2018, Vol. 118, 545-554. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.123
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2018, Vol. 118, 545-554. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.123
Abstract

Medical education technology initiatives can be used to prepare osteopathic medical students for modern primary care practice and to provide students with training to serve vulnerable populations. Over academic years 2014 through 2017, the authors designed and implemented 26 case studies using patient simulations through a virtual community health center (CHC). First-year students, who were preparing for clinical training in CHCs, and second-year students, who were training in CHCs, completed the simulation case studies, gaining practice in clinical reasoning, Health Systems Science, and applied osteopathic principles and practice. This article explains the project, illustrates an alignment with Health Systems Science and osteopathic competencies, and highlights findings from previous research studies.

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