In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, HCOP has assumed a virtual format. One challenge that comes with a virtual program is providing students with valuable clinical experiences. Since 2020 HCOP has partnered with BodyInteract™ Virtual Patient Simulator, a web-based program that allows students to assume the role of a healthcare provider.
HCOP high school and undergraduate students were able to take part in virtual clinical experiences on February 5th and 19th, respectively. During these sessions, Dr. John Stone, MD, PhD, was once again on hand to lead students through the case, provide first-hand knowledge, and answer any questions.
The case for this month involved a virtual patient who came to the ER experiencing severe abdominal pain and fever. Students spent time observing as Dr. Stone guided them through the case and emphasized the necessity of a “team approach”, asking students to pay attention to the patient’s vital signs and let him know of any concerns. Dr. Stone also provided students with information about kidney stones and sepsis. Participants then split into groups to do their own research on kidney stones and sepsis and came back to the group to share their knowledge of these conditions, including symptoms, risk factors, and treatments. To end the session, each group had time to ask any questions related to the case, their research, or general questions related to healthcare and study.