This lesson is a simulated patient case, where you will meet an imaginary patient coming into the hospital. You will go through the process of diagnosing and treating the patient like a doctor would. The case is meant to be interactive and includes quiz questions throughout to keep it interesting and make you think critically. We do not expect that you will know all the answers to these questions as they would be difficult for even many first year medical students. Just answer the questions to the best of your ability, and the correct answer with information on how to proceed will be revealed to you. More information on medical simulation and telehealth is included in the introduction. If you come across terms that are unfamiliar to you, jot them down on a piece of paper. They will likely be addressed later in the curriculum but if they are not, you can do a quick Google search to find the answer.
The Case Part 1 introduces you to your simulated patient and has you begin the process of diagnosing and treating the patient. Then, there is a Learning Point lesson on the disease COPD. The Case Part 2 brings you back into the case of the simulated patient to complete the diagnosis and treatment. The Case Wrap Up does a deep dive into the patient’s disease and teaches you about the disease COVID-19. Finally, the section on Caring for Yourself and Others is meant to address another vital topic -- the social, psychological and emotional impact of the COVID-19 that you may be experiencing and how to build resilience and take care of yourself in this challenging time.