Course Descriptions-Clinical

 

All clinical clerkships will be arranged by the PA Program to accommodate all students.

Students are not to substitute for clinical or administrative staff during clinical clerkships.

 

PA-570: Family Medicine (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week outpatient clerkship reinforces primary care knowledge and concepts taught during the didactic phase of the program through practical applications. Working as part of a health care team, students are expected to assimilate and correlate patient history, physical findings, and diagnostic studies to make diagnoses and formulate treatment plans. Students will be exposed to a broad range of medical conditions seen in the pediatrics to geriatrics population. This includes patients in long term care. Activities include patient examination, pharmacotherapeutics, treatment modalities, follow-up evaluation, case presentations and documentation. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus per week.

 

PA-571: Internal Medicine (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week clerkship allows students to demonstrate knowledge, clinical examination techniques, and other learned competencies in the inpatient and outpatient settings.  Students correlate pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, and diagnostic studies to make assessments and formulate treatment plans. Students also participate in follow-up evaluations. The rotation covers patients along the continuum of life from young adult to geriatrics, including long term care. Activities included patient examination, pharmacotherapeutics, treatment modalities, follow-up evaluations, case presentations and documentation. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus per week.

 

PA-572: Emergency Medicine (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week clerkship allows students to demonstrate knowledge, clinical examination techniques, and other learned competencies in the urgent and emergent settings. Students correlate pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, and diagnostic studies to make assessments and formulate treatment plans. The rotation covers patients along the continuum of life spectrum. Activities include patient examination, pharmacotherapeutics, other treatment modalities, follow-up evaluation, case presentation and documentation. Conditions include cardiac, respiratory, trauma, and other life-threatening conditions. Procedures include reduction techniques, suturing, aspirations, IV placements, splinting, and minor surgical procedures. Students will also interact with members of the surgical and medicine teams. Students learn when and how to make proper referrals, interpret laboratory and radiological studies, formulate treatment plans, discharge, refer, and admit patients. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus per week.

 

PA- 573: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week clerkship exposes students to patients in the pediatric and adolescent age groups. Students use knowledge, examination techniques, diagnostic studies, and current treatment modalities to diagnose and treat medical conditions commonly found in this patient population. Students also learn how to perform common pediatric treatment procedures in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will learn to recognize developmental milestones and life-threatening conditions. Students are also expected to perform drug dosage calculations, provide immunizations, and perform well-child and school physicals. Students will also provide health promotion and disease prevention education. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus hours per week.

 

PA- 574: Women’s Health (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week rotation provides students with the opportunity to apply the principles of pathophysiology, physical diagnosis, clinical lab diagnostics, and therapeutics in treating women from adolescence through their later years in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Students are expected to become proficient in performing pelvic examinations, saline-preps, KOH preps, specimen collection, and some minor surgical procedures (abscess incision and drainage). Students will evaluate, diagnose, and treat women with conditions such as menstrual irregularities, sexually transmitted diseases, breast conditions, genitourinary symptoms, and neoplasia/cancer of the reproductive tract. In addition, students will be involved in providing prenatal care, preventive education and health promotion related to issues in women’s health. Instruction in family planning will also be provided. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus hours per week.

 

PA-575: General Surgery (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week rotation provides students with the opportunity to learn about general and specific principles of treating surgical patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will learn how to evaluate, diagnose, manage, and refer patients presenting with surgical conditions. Students will perform pre-operative work-ups, and post-operative care for patients. In addition, students will assist in the operating room as part of a surgical team. Mastery of aseptic techniques, gowning, gloving, instrumentation, suturing, and first and /or second assisting will be expected. The rotation will cover surgical conditions across the spectrum of body systems. Late evenings and weekend calls may be scheduled. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus hours per week.

 

PA-576: Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week clerkship exposes students to patients with emotional and psychiatric conditions. Students will reinforce concepts of psychopathology, psychotherapeutics, and patient interviewing techniques to obtain patient histories, make diagnoses, and formulate treatment plans. Students are expected to develop skills to manage patients’ response to psychiatric illness. The experience includes interaction along the lifespan in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus hours per week.

 

PA-577: Elective-I (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week clerkship is an opportunity for students to gain additional or new clinical experience. During this rotation students may choose to return to a previous rotation or pursue studies in another area of clinical interest. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus hours per week.

 

PA-508: Elective-II (5 weeks) 5.0 Semester Hours

This five-week clerkship is another opportunity for students to gain additional or new clinical experience. During this rotation students may choose to return to a previous rotation or pursue studies in another area of clinical interest. Students work under the supervision of a licensed clinical preceptor and undergo an end of rotation evaluation.

Hours: 40 plus hours per week.