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Physician Assistant Studies Courses:
Fifth Year/Third Professional Phase Year


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PHAS 7986 150* Internship: Family Practice

The eight-week family practice rotation provides students with experience refining their skills in performing history and physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patient encounters in a typical family practice. The student gains an appreciation of the long term impact of health care on patients' lives, becomes skilled in implementing preventive health care, and contributes to the management of acute and chronic medical conditions. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations. In addition to their clinical rotation evaluation, a set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Clinical Experience

Enrollment Requirement Group:Major in Physician Assistant Studies

6cr

PHAS 7986 110* Internship: Internal Medicine

During the eight-week inpatient internal medicine rotation, physician assistant students become a part of an internal medicine practice caring for adult and geriatric patients. Students perform patient history and physical examinations, obtain diagnostic testing, and present data to their precepting physician with a proposed differential diagnosis and treatment plan. Students function in a role similar to the intended role of a practicing hospital-based physician assistant, including participation in hospital rounds where diagnostic and therapeutic plans for acutely ill patients are discussed, performing and observing various clinical procedures, and preparing written and oral communication about patients. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations. In addition to their clinical rotation evaluation a set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Clinical Experience

Enrollment Requirement Group: Major in Physician Assistant Studies

6cr

PHAS 7986 140* Internship: General Surgery

The four-week surgical rotation is designed to prepare the student to function as an assistant to the surgeon in the primary or secondary care setting. Students are active participants in the pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative management of patients - encompassing the outpatient and inpatient settings. Proficiency is developed in suturing, incision and drainage, and the excision/biopsy of simple wounds and lesions. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations. In addition to their clinical rotation evaluation a set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Clinical Experience

Enrollment Requirement Group: Major in Physician Assistant Studies

3cr

PHAS 7986 120* Internship: Emergency Medicine

This eight-week rotation allows the student to develop skills in managing patients in the emergency room setting. These skills include those necessary for appropriate triage, stabilization and initial management of patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses, the management of the less life threatening problems which present to the emergency room, working with the pre-hospital emergency medical service team, and making appropriate secondary referrals. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations. In addition to their clinical rotation evaluation a set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Clinical Experience

Enrollment Requirement Group: Major in Physician Assistant Studies

6cr

PHAS 7986 130* Internship: Pediatrics

During the four-week pediatric rotation the PA student has an intense exposure to primary care of common pediatric illnesses. These experiences are obtained primarily in the outpatient setting, although students are also exposed to the acute care of hospitalized pediatric patients. The student also develops appreciation for working with many professionals, such as psychologists, speech and hearing pathologists, nurses and social workers, and teachers involved in the care and evaluation of children. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations. In addition to their clinical rotation evaluation a set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Clinical Experience

Enrollment Requirement Group: Major in Physician Assistant Studies

3cr

PHAS 7986 (210, 220, or 240)* Elective Internships

These four-week electives may be obtained at the student's choice in a variety of medical specialty environments. These include, but are not limited to, gastroenterology, , orthopedics, hematology/oncology, cardiology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, endocrinology, dermatology, OB/GYN, and advanced surgical subspecialties. This elective is intended to offer the student a greater exposure and understanding in specific subspecialties of medicine of the student's interest. The student is encouraged to utilize this elective for sub-specialty exposure. The student will receive a clinical rotation evaluation.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Clinical Experience

Enrollment Requirement Group: Major in Physician Assistant Studies

Note about electives

3cr/each

PHAS 7986 230* Elective Internship

This eight-week elective rotation replaces 2 out of the 3 four-week required elective clinical rotations and may be obtained at the student's choice to gain a more comprehensive clinical experience in a defined medical discipline. Although this is often accomplished through participation in a surgical rotation, a variety of medical specialty environments are available. This elective is intended to offer the student a greater exposure and understanding in a specific medical subspecialty based on the student's specific area of interest. The student will receive a clinical rotation evaluation.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Clinical Experience

Enrollment Requirement Group: Major in Physician Assistant Studies

Note about electives

6cr

PHAS 7997* Master's Capstone Project

This course is a summative assessment that is the final evaluation of the readiness and eligibility of every student to graduate. This course is a requirement throughout the third professional phase year. The major components of the Masterís Capstone Project include case presentations, Observed Simulated Clinical Examinations, a comprehensive examination, and the master paper and presentation. The tools to complete the masterís capstone paper are initially discussed in PHAS 7080: Evidence-Based Medicine and are interwoven throughout the remainder of the fall and spring curriculums before being incorporated in the final clinical year masterís paper. The student is to complete a scholarly paper, which is a culmination of their entire educational experience. Their work is presented in a power point presentation format during the final week of class. Students are encouraged to apply for poster board presentation consideration at the National AAPA annual meeting or for journal publication.

Prereq: PHAS major; successful completion of the first and second years of the professional phase of Physician Assistant Studies.

Course Component: Supervised Independent Study

Enrollment Requirement Group: Major in Physician Assistant Studies

6cr

Total:

39cr

Note about electives: Clinical electives can be accomplished with 3 electives x 3 credits = 9 Credits OR 2 electives with 6 credits + 3 credits = 9 credits



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