Throughout the First 100 Weeks, we utilize high-fidelity simulation in an innovative way to promote the clinical relevance of basic sciences with our students. At the end of each course, students work in small groups as a team to evaluate, manage, and treat simulated patients with specific chief complaints and underlying diagnoses related to recent coursework. Students discern the patient’s chief complaint, assess vital signs, gather a history, perform a physical examination, order diagnostic tests, interpret test results, and implement a management plan to stabilize the patient.
Following the simulation exercises, student teams meet together with a physician and basic scientist for an active debrief discussion in which connections are made between the biomedical and clinical sciences. These experiences have been demonstrated to help our students understand the application of basic science principles to patient care.