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Medical Students

Bluefield Regional Medical Center Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Program offers clinical clerkships for third and fourth year medical students which include a range of opportunities both at the hospital and at select private practices. Rotations can include time at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, a 240-bed secondary care hospital with over 120 physicians on staff located in Bluefield, West Virginia. Bluefield Regional Medical Center proudly serves the surrounding community of southern West Virginia and Virginia.

The medical school clerkships includes a didactic program that includes half-day long sessions every week along with residents, lectures from attending physicians, as well as journal clubs, and attend lectures performed by interns/residents as well as their tumor boards, morbidity and mortality cases and board reviews.

Hospital/Ambulatory Rotations Available:

All medical students enjoy complimentary meals, 24-hour library access including access to Up-To-Date, and free secure parking. Visiting students may apply for free housing on a first come, first serve basis. We look forward to you visiting your campus!

Bluefield Regional Medical Center is a core rotation site for medical students from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. If you are a VCOM medical student and are interested in a rotation at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, please contact the VCOM medical student coordinator:

VCOM site Coordinator: Emily Breeding
Email: ebreeding@vcom.vt.edu

Medical Student Housing:
Complimentary housing is available on a first come, first serve basis. Student housing accommodations:

  • 8 individual (private) bedrooms with key lock for privacy
  • 2 double (shared) bedrooms with key lock for privacy
  • Walking or Cycling distance
  • Full kitchen
  • Cable television
  • Wireless internet access
  • Bathrooms (Co-Ed)
  • Central air
  • Trash pick up
  • Washer & Dryer

Objectives:

Anesthesiology
The overall objective is development of specific motor skills an aptitudes, comprehension of important concepts and principles of airway management and patient evaluation and preoperative preparation.

  • The student will be required to develop a reasonable degree of familiarity with certain fundamental skills. The student (under direct one-to-one supervision) will be expected to develop some degree of manual proficiency in certain procedures through performance.
  • Secondly, the student will be expected to develop familiarity with other procedures through observation rather than performance.
  • Thirdly, the student should develop a comprehensive understanding of important didactic concepts and principles through self-study and lectures by the anesthesiology department personnel.

Cardiology
To give the students formal intensive instruction, clinical experience, and the opportunity to acquire expertise in the evaluation and management of cardiovascular disorders.

The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Understand the variety of management strategies for cardiac disease.
  • Recognize symptoms of cardiac disease.
  • Understand the cardiac effects of pulmonary disease.
  • Understand cardiac manifestations of systemic diseases.
  • Understand the indications for open-heart surgery.
  • Understand the role of somatic dysfunction in cardiac disease.
  • Integrate osteopathic manipulative treatment into the management of patients with cardiac disease.
  • Understand the role of angiograms and angioplasty in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease.
  • Understand the role of invasive and non-invasive cardiac diagnostic testing.
  • Perform a preoperative cardiac assessment.

Community/Underserved Medicine
To provide the student, through didactic and clinical experiences in outpatient and inpatient settings, with educational experiences that will enhance his/her knowledge and skills in health promotion disease prevention, including appropriate strategies such as immunizations, healthful lifestyle changes, and other community related programs.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Be knowledgeable of the needs and requirements for public health and preventative medicine and screenings in the general population
  • Be knowledgeable of the health policy standards and needs of the service area
  • Be knowledgeable of public resources to assist in the care of diverse, underserved and underrepresented populations
  • Be skilled in the evaluation and treatment of common medical conditions found in community and outpatient settings

Emergency Medicine
To provide the student, through didactic and clinical experiences in the emergency room, with education experiences that will expand his/her knowledge and skills in the management of emergency medical and surgical problems.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Demonstrate competency in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the patient with an emergent or urgent medical or surgical condition
  • Work as a member of the team in the assessment and care of the patient in the emergency department
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the stabilization and treatment of patients with acute injuries, burns, fractures, lacerations, etc.
  • Be knowledgeable of community resources for follow up and continued care of patients presenting to the emergency department

Endocrinology
To provide the student with formal intensive instruction, clinical experience, and the opportunity to acquire experience in the evaluation and management of endocrine disorders.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Diagnose and manage uncomplicated endocrine disorders

  • Understand the indications for surgery in the management of endocrine disorders
  • Understand common clinical conditions found in primary care, including diabetes, thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, adrenal disorders, sex hormone and reproductive disorder

Family Medicine
The Family Practice Residency Program is structured to provide the osteopathic family practice resident with properly organized training programs that provide progressive primary responsibility for patient care in a family environment through continuity of didactic and clinical experiences. The training in the application of osteopathic principles and practice is an integral part of the program.

Gastroenterology
To give the students formal instruction, clinical experience, and opportunities to acquire expertise in the evaluation and management of gastroenterological disorders.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Screen appropriately for colorectal cancer.
  • Understand the role of osteopathic principles and treatment in the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal disease.
  • Understand the indications for surgery in gastrointestinal disease.
  • Manage uncomplicated diseases of the gastrointestinal system.

General Surgery
To give the students formal instruction, clinical experience, and opportunities to acquire expertise in the evaluation and management of surgical patients.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Demonstrate a complete pre-surgical history.
  • Perform a focused examination as it relates to the presenting surgical condition.
  • Generate a differential for the most common surgical conditions.
  • Develop a management plan.
  • Perform soft tissue, indirect, and muscle energy techniques when and as appropriate on post-operative cases.

Internal Medicine
The general internal medicine rotation is structured to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge base of internal medicine, the essential principles in the approach to internal medicine in patients, the basic techniques of physical examination, the necessary skills in performing clinical procedures, and the capability to communicate clearly with patients, their families and other members of the health care team.
To provide the student, through didactic and clinical experiences in outpatient and inpatient settings, educational experiences that will expand his/her knowledge and skills in the management of adult medical diseases.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Recognize those patients who should be managed in a hospital setting.
  • Manage patients in the hospital setting.
  • Manage hospitalized patients after discharge.
  • Seek specialty consultation when appropriate and maintain direct responsibilities for the management of the patient.
  • Perform specific medical procedures as outlined in the procedure section of each discipline.
  • Understand and utilize appropriate pharmacologic interventions.

Internal Medicine
The general internal medicine rotation is structured to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge base of internal medicine, the essential principles in the approach to internal medicine in patients, the basic techniques of physical examination, the necessary skills in performing clinical procedures, and the capability to communicate clearly with patients, their families and other members of the health care team.
To provide the student, through didactic and clinical experiences in outpatient and inpatient settings, educational experiences that will expand his/her knowledge and skills in the management of adult medical diseases.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Recognize those patients who should be managed in a hospital setting.
  • Manage patients in the hospital setting.
  • Manage hospitalized patients after discharge.
  • Seek specialty consultation when appropriate and maintain direct responsibilities for the management of the patient.
  • Perform specific medical procedures as outlined in the procedure section of each discipline.
  • Understand and utilize appropriate pharmacologic interventions.

Nephrology
To train the student in the identification, subsequent work-up and care of the patient with renal disease in conjunction with the nephrology subspecialist. Another goal of this rotation is to teach the medical student, basic renal physiology and pathophysiology with application toward the care of patients with a variety of renal ailments.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Understand electrolyte and acid-base disturbances.
  • Understand the etiology and diagnosis of nephritic diseases.
  • Diagnose and manage common medical disorders of the kidney.
  • Utilize pharmacologic agents appropriately in patients with renal disease.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
To provide the student, through didactic and clinical experiences in outpatient and inpatient settings, with educational experiences that will expand his/her knowledge and skills in the management of obstetrical patients and patients with gynecologic problems.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Be knowledgeable in the variety of presentations of common medical physiology and pathology associated with women, their diagnosis and treatment.
  • Be knowledgeable of indicated physiological and pathological conditions associated with reproductive endocrinology, normal and abnormal pregnancy, the progress of labor and delivery, indications for intervention in pregnancy and delivery, the stabilization of the infant and mother inter-partum and post partum.
  • Be aware of preventative health measures for women.
  • Be aware of high risk health conditions common to women such as osteoporosis, breast cancer, genital cancers, behavioral disorders, STD’s heart disease, diabetes, COPD, etc.
  • Be aware of surgical indications, pre-operative evaluation, inter-operative and post-operative care of conditions common to women patients.

Ophthalmology
To give the students formal intensive instruction, clinical experience, and the opportunity to acquire expertise in the evaluation and management of ophthalmic disorders.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Diagnosis and manage common ophthalmologic conditions that may present to the family physician’s office.
  • Diagnose and manage corneal lesions.
  • Remove a foreign body from the eye.

Orthopedics
To give the students formal intensive instruction, clinical experience, and the opportunity to acquire expertise in the evaluation and management of orthopedic problems.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Diagnose and manage common orthopedic conditions that patients may present in the physician’s office.
  • Incorporate the practice of orthopedics with sports medicine.
  • Diagnosis and treat common orthopedic surgical problems in the in-patient and out-patient setting.
  • Integrate osteopathic manipulative treatment into the management of orthopedic disorders.

Pediatrics
To give the students formal instruction, clinical experience, and opportunities to acquire expertise in the evaluation and management of pediatric patients.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Diagnose and manage common pediatric medical and behavioral issues.
  • Provide preventative health and wellness care for the pediatric patient.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of normal development and growth for pediatric patients.
  • Integrate osteopathic principles and practices into pediatric patient care.

Pulmonology
To give the students a broad view of pulmonary diseases. To have the students learn to diagnose and manage patients with commonly seen acute and chronic pulmonary diseases; and, for them to know when to seek pulmonary subspecialty consultations.
The student will demonstrate competency in his/her ability to:

  • Perform a preoperative pulmonary assessment.
  • Diagnose and manage common pulmonary diseases.
  • Evaluate and manage respiratory failure and ventilator patients.
  • Understand the role of osteopathic manipulation in the treatment of pulmonary disease.