Virtual Clinical Observation Program Curriculum

To complement the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 15 core competencies for entering medical students, our program provides an expanded view into medicine and its many career possibilities.

Through twice monthly Zoom meetings, you will be exposed to a variety of health care topics and scenarios and gain guidance and insight into the individual experiences of practicing physicians.

Basic Communication Skills

  • The physician-patient relationship
  • The chief complaint and history of present illness
  • The medical, family, and social histories

Advanced Communication Skills

  • Bedside manner and empathy
  • Sensitive topics
  • Difficult interactions
  • Delivering bad news

The Practice of Medicine

  • The physical examination
  • The electronic medical record
  • Physicians as teachers and lifelong learners
  • Experiencing grief as a physician

Special Populations

  • Pediatric patients
  • Non-English speaking patients
  • Homeless patients
  • End-of-life care

Professionalism, Teamwork, and Ethical Principles

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Cultural competence
  • Confidentiality
  • Gender and racial bias in health care
  • Legal issues, social media pitfalls, and lawsuits

Emergency Medicine Specific Topics

  • Problem-based learning
  • Shift work and scheduling
  • Rural, wilderness, and event medicine
  • Wellness and resiliency