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LEARN.

Learn within the context and continuity of community-oriented primary care

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PRACTICE.

Practice delivering cutting-edge community primary care leveraging the social determinants of health.

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LEAD.

Lead others with compassionate whole person healthcare.

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THE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER: CLINICAL PRACTICE IN A VIRTUAL WORLD

The Virtual Community Health Center (VCHC) is an engaging, web-based training program that provides simulated clinical experiences for medical students and residents bound for practice in modern community health and primary care environments. The VCHC offers online case studies targeting different topics and populations.

THE VCHC PROJECT

Leaders of change are those who can envision the future and espouse the integrity to make the strides required for the greater good of all.

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CLINICAL CASES

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PATIENT FAMILIES

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PRECEPTING FACULTY

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MOTIVATED STUDENTS

Make a Difference in Each Patient's Life

Envision Community Health Center

Quality, efficacy and efficiency have been clearly documented to be drivers of solving this nation’s healthcare shortage within primary care. Through the training of the next generation of healthcare professionals to practice in today’s environment of interprofessional collaborative community-oriented primary care, we can change the rising tide of underserved and help solve this nation’s healthcare shortage.

Trainees access the Envision Community Health Center™ online, receive clinical assignments from a virtual preceptor, and meet with a diverse set of under-represented patients, each with an authentic electronic health record and a unique backstory. Trainees learn to manage each part of the patient encounter, receiving immediate feedback along the way. Cases address seven important aspects of care that are currently not fully integrated into other virtual patient case scenarios: 1) the community health center setting; 2) family connections within the patient stories; 3) healthcare team members; 4) the clinical presentation approach; 5) Electronic health record; 6) social determinants and community health considerations; and 7) osteopathic principles.

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Hometown Community Health Center

This suite of stories relate to health systems science and collaborative practice in the context of community-oriented primary care. Trainees explore current community healthcare topics such as opioid disorder, or care practice in rural healthcare settings. These clinical scenarios are designed for upper class medical students or family medicine residents, who train in contexts associated with community health.

Hometown CHC virtual cases

Patient Safety Scenarios

Learning to Speak Up is a suite of gamified clinic scenarios, emphasizing principles of collaboration and patient safety in the domains of ethics, values, and communication. The scenarios also infuse the sub-theme of patient safety. Patient safety is an important goal associated with collaborative practice. Healthcare trainees learn how to efficiently and respectfully speak up in situations that could lead to errors related to patient safety.

Patient Safety Scenarios

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ATSU-SOMA completes its pilot of VCHC cases

ATSU-SOMA completes its pilot of VCHC cases

July 7, 2015

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During academic year 2014-15, 108 first-year students completed 14 Virtual Community Health Center (VCHC) case studies. Pilot data were collected in four domains: clinical reasoning, engagement, student peer collaboration, and community oriented primary care (COPC) awareness. In addition, A.T.…

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The VCHC team presents at the 2015 AACOM Conference

The VCHC team presents at the 2015 AACOM Conference

April 22, 2015

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The American Association for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Conference. The Virtual Community Health Center (VCHC) team presented a gallery of scenes from 14 virtual case studies. Each scenes demonstrates a unique teaching feature of the VCHC case studies. [layerslider id="16"]

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The Virtual Community Health Center: context, community, and social justice

The Virtual Community Health Center: context, community, and social justice

October 26, 2014

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Monica Fernandez, MMS, PA-C, presented the Virtual Community Health Center (VCHC) to the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics (AOAMI) at the 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED), Seattle, Wash. This presentation explained the development of the VCHC, the stranding of the patients into 10 distinct families, and five ethnicities, in an effort to present cases that are ethnically diverse and modern. A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine…

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