One afternoon each week is set aside for the AIM Thread that will reinforce and integrate the required competencies of the Texas A&M College of Medicine. The core specialty directors will collaborate to offer a dynamic experiential curriculum that will make use of simulations in the teaching of the science and art of medicine. In our Simulation Center, students will have hands-on learning and real time clinical reasoning in a safe environment, allowing them to increase competence in procedural patient care, as well as communication skills. Additionally, ethics, social and system dynamics, and evidence based medicine will be woven into this longitudinal thread.

  1. Simulation Thread: The Simulation Center curriculum for the AIM students is designed to provide hands-on learning along with real-time clinical reasoning in a safe environment. The learners will be introduced to a combination of simulation techniques including high­-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and simulated procedural mannequins. Sessions will include cases and group discussions that will focus on a variety of topics from multiple specialties. An extensive amount of procedural training will also be included in the sessions. The learner will be encouraged to make clinical decisions and will receive feedback on their performance.
  2. EKG Instruction: The AIM students will receive the same EKG instructional course as the traditional students. The focus of this course is to engage the student to use a systematic analysis for the 12 Lead ECG interpretation and to provide a better understanding of the concepts of normal cardiac electrophysiology as related to principles of 12-15-18 Lead ECG interpretations. A case-based approach will correlate abnormal 12 Lead ECG findings to pathology.  The student actively participates in identifying electrical axis, bundle branch blocks, ischemia, injury and location of the area of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The program concludes with additional case scenarios and a discussion of infarction mimics and key points in making differential diagnosis.
  3. Required Case Presentations: AIM students will be required to complete the clerkship requirements of case presentations. Students will be given the guidelines and their AIM mentor will assign the appropriate due date for the presentation well in advance.
  4. Radiology: The Principles of Radiology course provides students with the knowledge of the methods of medical imaging, conventional radiology, ultrasound, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance, imaging, interventional radiology and nuclear radiology, and application of these methods to specific clinical problems. The course is taught in eight two-hour sessions during the first semester of the academic year. AIM students will attend these sessions with the traditional students from the other campuses and be required the pass the radiology exam.