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Years 2 and 3: Required Courses

Physician Assistant Program

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

CLRO 698, 699

Elective Rotation I, II

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Students are provided two 6-week elective training experiences. The goal is for the student to develop fundamental skills in evaluating and managing patients with pathologies that require clinician intervention. Students will utilize both diagnostic and treatment modalities for various conditions that are present in the elective setting.

Credits: Each course 6

EMED 691

Emergency Medicine

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The Emergency Medicine rotation is a six-week training experience in an emergency department. The course will cover common conditions and abnormalities encountered in the pediatric and adult populations. Emergency Medicine emphasizes the care of the patient with acute disease management, stabilization and proper follow-up. The purpose of this rotation is to provide the student with a knowledge base about decision making and initiation of emergent care.

Credits: 6

FMED 692

Family Medicine/Primary Care

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The Family Medicine/Primary Care rotation is a six-week training experience in a family medicine or primary care setting. This course will provide overall instruction in the evaluation and management of common conditions and abnormalities encountered in the pediatric and adult populations. Family Medicine/Primary Care emphasizes the comprehensive care of the patient and family, including chronic and acute disease management, preventative care and health maintenance, and patient/family education. Other principles include continuity of care, delivery of cost-effective quality care and identifying supplemental sources of care within the community.

Credits: 6

IMED 693

Internal Medicine

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The Internal Medicine rotation is a six-week training experience in an internal medicine setting. This course will provide overall instruction in the field of Internal Medicine. The course will cover common conditions and abnormalities encountered in the adolescent and adult populations. Internal Medicine emphasizes the comprehensive care of the adult patient including chronic and acute disease management, preventive care and health maintenance, and patient education.

Credits: 6

OBGY 697

Women's Health

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The Women's Health rotation is a six-week training experience in a women's health setting. The course will cover common conditions and abnormalities encountered in the pediatric and adult populations. Emphasis is on the comprehensive care of the female patient including preventive care and health maintenance, care of the mother and child, and patient education.

Credits: 6

PASS 665

A-C Master's Portfolio

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This second-year master's course series serves largely as an independent study, allowing the second-year physician assistant student to develop an electronic portfolio of professional and scholarly activities. The portfolio focus and/or content may change over the course of the clinical year, based on the individual student’s personal experiences, preferences and opportunities. A summary of state regulatory requirements will be addressed and included by the student.

Credits: Each course 1

PASS 691

Mid-Year Evaluation

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This course is designed to evaluate students at the midpoint of the clinical phase of the Physician Assistant program. The mid-year evaluation (MYE) offers an opportunity for the program and the student to assess student progress and to ensure students are meeting program learning objectives and academic milestones. The mid-year evaluation consists of an individual primary care-based practical examination, medical documentation and a comprehensive primary care-based multiple-choice exam.

Credits: 1

PASS 692

End-of-Year Evaluation

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The End-of-Year Evaluation (EYE) course is the summative evaluation of the student conducted at the end of the clinical phase. The course consists of lectures and assessments. It is designed to gauge the student's readiness for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), as well as clinical practice. Graded components of EYE include individual performance during a primary care-based standardized patient examination, documentation of the encounter, and a comprehensive summative exam.

Credits: 2

PASS 693

Clinical Assessment Day I

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The Clinical Assessment Day (CAD) offers an opportunity for the program and the student to assess student progress and to ensure students are meeting program learning objectives and academic milestones. The CAD consists of an individual primary care-based practical examination, medical documentation, an individual skills assessment and lecture.

Credits: 1

PASS 694

Clinical Assessment Day II

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The Clinical Assessment Day (CAD) offers an opportunity for the program and the student to assess student progress and to ensure students are meeting program learning objectives and academic milestones. The CAD consists of an individual primary care-based practical examination, medical documentation, an individual skills assessment and lecture.

Credits: 1

PEDI 694

Pediatrics

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The Pediatrics rotation is a six-week training experience in a pediatric medicine setting. This course will provide overall instruction in the evaluation and management of pediatrics. The course will cover common conditions and abnormalities encountered in the pediatric population. Pediatrics emphasizes the comprehensive care, including chronic and acute disease management, preventive care and health maintenance, and patient/family education.

Credits: 6

PSYC 695

Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine

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The Psychiatric/Behavioral Medicine rotation is a six-week training experience in a psychiatric setting. This course will provide overall instruction in the evaluation and management of psychiatric disorders. The course will cover common conditions and abnormalities encountered within the realm of psychiatry and/or behavioral medicine. The practice of psychiatry emphasizes the care of mental and emotional disorders. Clinical rotations may include the pharmacologic, behavioral and/or psychoanalytic management of psychological disorders.

Credits: 6

SURG 696

Surgery

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The Surgery rotation is a six-week training experience on a surgical service. The surgery course provides students with clinical experience in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care. Principals of pre-operative (i.e. initial history and physical, pre-operative risk assessment, recognize surgical emergencies, etc.), operative (i.e. sterile technique/field, retraction, hemostasis, etc.), and post-operative (i.e. wound care, patient education, etc) care are emphasized. Focus is on general surgical principles in preparation for the end of rotation examination and the PANCE.

Credits: 6