A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) received a $184,240 grant from the Phoenix General Hospital Osteopathic Education Fund (PGHOEF) to further develop the osteopathic education components of the Virtual Community Health Center (VCHC). Ultimately, the VCHC is aimed to equip healthcare professionals—students, residents, health center employees, and volunteers—with the knowledge to address looming major issues facing underserved communities. However, one of the core values and primary aims of the VCHC project is to emphasize the principles of osteopathic medicine in primary care instruction. To this end, osteopathic exam, diagnosis, and treatment will be featured prominently in at least 25 of the 50 case studies. Each case will be associated with a detailed patient history, patient photos, lab work, and electronic health records (EHR), allowing for repeated patient visits.
Medical students access electronic cases through the Decision SimulationTM website. Pre- and post-tests and osteopathic debrief activities are completed as part of the website accessed through ATSU’s learning management system (Blackboard). Beginning in 2016, the cases will be made available through the VCHC website to all medical trainees and residents in Maricopa County, Ariz.