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ATSU-SOMA unveils Wall of Teaching Cases

On Dec. 3, A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) announced the Wall of Teaching Cases (WTC) project, which will support ATSU-SOMA’s upcoming innovative Virtual Community Health Center (VCHC). A reception, overviews of the project and tours of the WTC, which is located in the hallway across from Jackrabbit in the main building, were provided to Arizona campus faculty, staff, and students.

The Wall of Teaching Cases is a wall of more than 200 authentic patient cases printed on index cards. Faculty, staff and students have the chance to review these cases through January 30, and provide feedback regarding which cases would be the best for ATSU-SOMA and other ATSU schools’ students to experience via the VCHC.

“The Wall of Teaching Cases (WTC) is an exhibit of ATSU-SOMA’s current collaborative and interactive teaching cases for OMS-I and OMS-II students,” said Tom Bennett, professor, ATSU-SOMA and leader for the WTC and VCHC team. “It displays summaries of realistic teaching cases used for weekly deliberate practice in working through patient encounters, and 40 of the cases posted on the WTC will be selected for the Virtual Community Health Center project. All ATSU students, faculty, staff, and administration are welcome to review the WTC and provide input via surveys posted near the display.”

Other ATSU-SOMA members of the WTC and VCHC team include Monica Fernandez, MMS, PA-C, education specialist, and Lise McCoy, MTESL, assistant director, faculty development.

The VCHC, conceptualized by ATSU-SOMA’s Associate Dean Dr. Frederic Schwartz, and the Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Team for Medical Education, is an adaptive, engaging education and training platform that will be used to prepare students to enter the healthcare workforce of the future through context, continuity, and community-oriented primary care. The VCHC is currently in the design and initial development phase. This project, to be introduced to ATSU-SOMA OMS-l students in fall 2014, will be co-developed with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). ATSU-SOMA is also seeking collaborative partners on the VCHC initiative among ATSU member schools.

“The Virtual CHC is a way for students to participate in cases where real healthcare and family situations have occurred,” said Dr. Bennett. We are excited about the interprofessional collaboration that will take place among students.”

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