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Justin Meunier, MD - Course Director

LSU Emergency Medicine

Mobile: 504.813.6036 



Andante' He'bert, RRT, MBA - Course Coordinator

Coordinator of Student Affairs and Records

School of Medicine | Office of Student Affairs

LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans

Office Address:  2020 Gravier Street, Room 705

New Orleans, LA 70112

Office: 504.568.2852

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Care of the acutely ill, undifferentiated patient is a challenge encountered by health care professionals in a wide variety of specialties. The Critical Concepts rotation provides every senior medical student, regardless of career choice, with a broad and solid foundation in the principles and skills needed to care for the emergently ill patient.

After completion of core clinical rotations in the junior year, medical students should be challenged to expand their skills and knowledge base and apply them to more complicated and/or critically ill patient care situations. Students should also refine and expand their skill set in terms of commonly performed and/or critical procedures and medical interventions. Furthermore, as they prepare to enter residency, senior students should also develop a more sophisticated understanding of the complexity of disease and health system management.

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Course Objectives:

Patient Care

Students demonstrate the ability to evaluate an acutely ill undifferentiated patient using the history and physical exam in the Emergency Department or ICU setting. (EPO1, EPO2)

Students demonstrate the ability to evaluate an acutely ill undifferentiated patient using the history and physical exam in the Simulation lab. (EPO1, EPO2)

Medical Knowledge

Review and reinforce diagnostic and management skills in common and/or critical disease entities encountered and procedures in a range of specialties. (EPO7, EPO8, EPO12)

Interpersonal Relationship and Communications

Students demonstrate the ability to prepare for their new roles as resident physicians.  (EPO16, EPO17, EPO18)

Students demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with patients in challenging situations. (EPO17)

Professional Behavior

Students must demonstrate the ability to function as a respectful and helpful team member.  (EPO6, EPO19, EPO20)

Interprofessional Collaboration

Students establish trust and maintain a climate of respect while working in collaborative teams with other health professionals. (EPO24)

Personal and Professional Development

Prepare senior students for their new roles as resident physicians with direct patient care and health care team responsibilities. (EPO25, EPO28)

Students should demonstrate appropriate help seeking behavior when it is necessary for their well-being or the well-being of their patients.  (EPO26)

Students demonstrate flexibility, maturity, and the ability to utilize appropriate resources in the face of uncertainty. (EPO27)