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PA601 - Human Anatomy
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the clinically relevant aspects of human anatomy with an in-depth examination of anatomical structure and function. Emphasis is placed on relationship of structure and normal variants with clinical correlation to pathology and disease presentation. The course includes an embryology component to aide students in understanding normal anatomical development and the congenital malformation. A cadaver lab with dissection focuses attention on spatial relationships, anatomic variation, embryological origin and relationships of organ systems.
PA602/604 - Physiology and Mechanisms of Disease I/II
This 2 semester course introduces students to fundamental physiological principles which apply to the human body. The integrated functioning mechanisms of the body will be presented in detail with special emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and central nervous systems. Clinical case presentations are presented to enable students to understand the pathophysiology of major diseases of each organ system.
PA603 - Microbiology and Infectious Disease
This course will provide the student with advanced microbiology, virology and immunology to understand the complexities of infectious disease. Emphasis will be placed on clinically relevant pathogens, isolation and aseptic techniques, identification and treatment.
PA605 - Clinical Simulation Lab
This one unit lab will incorporate clinical simulation experiences from the medicine specialty courses taught in the final didactic semester, including OB/GYN, emergency medicine, and pediatrics.
PA606 - Summative Evaluation
The summative evaluation course contains the PA Program summative evaluation process for soon-to-be graduates. There are four elements to this course. All course elements must be completed satisfactorily in order to pass the course and be progressed to graduation. These elements are: 1) an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE); 2) an oral "board-like" examination; 3) an on-line certification preparation examination, the ePACKRAT; 4) an oral presentation of a clinical case-based topic.
PA607 - Pre-Clinical Preparation
This course will incorporate discipline specific didactic and skills training during an intensive clinical preparatory period prior to the start of clinical rotations. During the clinical preparation period, instruction will focus on training necessary for the clinical rotations student, including blood borne pathogens, patient privacy and discipline specific didactic and skills training. Students will be videotaped in a mock clinical encounter. The student will then be required to review and critique their own performance with feedback from faculty proctors.
PA608/609 - Pharmacology I/II
This is a two course series that focuses on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutic concepts in the major drug classifications. Problem solving is emphasized through case studies designed to highlight proper drug selection, interactions, physiological implications and administration. The second semester focuses on the clinical application of pharmacotherapeutics, drug interactions and contraindications. Problem solving continues through the introduction of case studies designed to integrate knowledge and application.
PA615 - Physical Diagnosis
This course focuses on the knowledge necessary to perform a complete physical examination, identify normal from abnormal findings, integrate the findings into a diagnosis and communicate the findings through a number of methods. Competence in examining the pediatric, geriatric and obstetric patient will be expected in addition to adults.
PA615L - Physical Diagnosis Laboratory
This laboratory course on the skills necessary to perform the complete physical examination, identify and perform the appropriate components for each problem oriented focused examination including special maneuvers.
PA617 - Interpersonal & Professional Communication
Personal and professional effectiveness training and communication skills building; includes role of the health professional as a team member, patient interviewing skills and the medical history, patient/provider relationships, cultural diversity, sexuality, values and coping skills.
PA620 - Medicine I
This is the first of a two semester course which focuses on the identification and treatment of medical conditions, syndromes and diseases encountered in the integumentary, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neurologic, musculoskeletal, renal, biliary and hematopoietic systems. A case based approach is used to familiarize the physician assistant student with the variety of presentations seen and the treatment options available.
PA621 - Medicine II
This is the second of a two semester course which focuses on the identification and treatment of medical conditions, syndromes and diseases encountered in the integumentary, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neurologic, musculoskeletal, renal, biliary and hematopoietic systems End of life and medical Issues unique to the elderly patient are discussed. A case based approach is used to familiarize the physician assistant student with the variety of presentations seen and the treatment options available.
PA622 - Pediatrics
This course uses a case based learning format to aid the students in understanding the physical and psychosocial fundamentals of normal growth and development., immunizations and health maintenance. In addition, it focuses on the presentation of major pediatric disorders and conditions, their signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management.
PA623 - Obstetrics and Gynecology
This one semester course provides the student with an overview of commonly encountered obstetric and gynecologic conditions in women's health care. Major topics include pregnancy and prenatal care, menopause, lactation, uterine and breast disorders, the menstrual cycle, its hormonal regulation and commonly encountered conditions.
PA624 - Geriatrics
This one semester course is designed to provide the physician assistant student with an understanding of medical problems of the elderly, including the changes commonly associated with aging. In addition, it focuses on the increased opportunity for undesirable drug interactions, multiorgan system failure, limitations in mobility and communication and other impairments.
PA625 - The Role of the PA in General Surgery
This one semester course presents the fundamentals of care of surgical patients. It will introduce students to the role of the PA in the surgical environment and surgical patient management. This is a practical, case based course focusing on common general surgery topics and skills needed to succeed in a surgery clinical rotation. Students will draw on the medical knowledge gained throughout didactic training and apply it in various case scenarios and simulated patient encounters. The skill set and knowledge gained will assist the transition from didactic training to becoming a productive part of a surgical inpatient team during clinical rotations.
PA629 - Clinical Skills Laboratory
The laboratory course is a one semester introduction to basic medical procedures utilized for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in primary care, surgery, and emergency medicine practices.
PA626 - Emergency Medicine
This one semester course focuses on the identification and diagnosis of the acutely ill or injured patient. Management of conditions commonly encountered in the emergency department are covered as are principles of trauma resuscitation.
PA627 - Policies and Systems of US Healthcare
Issues of current health care policy with focus on the provision of care in the various delivery systems, reimbursement policies and their effect on physician assistant practice, and the economics of public and private financing.
PA628 - Diagnostic Imaging
Techniques of radiologic assessments will be emphasized in this laboratory course. Principles of radiologic examination will be provided with a focus on identifying normal variants and common pathologies in various diagnostic imaging modalities such as x-ray, CT, MRI, and nuclear studies.
PA630 - Medical Ethics & Professionalism
The course explores medical ethics and clinical decision making, including the bioethics concepts of autonomy, beneficence/nonmaleficence and justice. Issues around end of life, disabilities, healthcare disparity and every day ethical decision making are discussed. Professionalism, physician/PA relationships, cultural competency, and health literacy are introduced.
PA631 - Interpretation of Electrocardiograms
Techniques of electrocardiographic assessments will be emphasized in this laboratory course. Principles of EKG examination will be provided with a focus on electrophysiology, identifying normal variants and common pathologies on electrocardiography, and diagnosis of cardiac disease.
PA646 - Behavioral Medicine
This course is designed to instruct the physician assistant student on major psychiatric and mental disorders. Included in the topics will be depression, anxiety, phobias, substance and eating disorders, somatiform, psychoses, neuroses and personality disorders.
PA660/661/662 - Integrating Seminar I/II/III
This three semester, small group experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply theory gained from lecture and laboratories to problems and cases designed to integrate knowledge and skills into evaluation, clinical problem solving, assessment and management of commonly encountered disorders.
PA680 - Family Medicine Clerkship
This internship experience emphasizes the outpatient evaluation and treatment of conditions commonly found at the primary care level in all age groups.
PA681 - Internal Medicine Clerkship
The student learns to apply basic medical knowledge to the problems and situations encountered on an inpatient service in addition to general internal medicine. By collecting history and physical exam information, formulating a complete problem list, participating in daily rounds and in the management of patient problems, the student develops an awareness of the complexity of disease processes and differential diagnosis.
PA682 - General Surgery Clerkship
This rotation emphasizes preoperative evaluation and preparatory procedures, assisting at the operating table, and management of patients through the peritoperative period to discharge. Surgical clerkships can be completed in a variety of settings, including major academic hospitals, community hospitals and small private practices.
PA683 - Pediatric Clerkship
In this rotation, the student is assigned to either an institutional setting or a community-based pediatric site. Special emphasis is placed on communication skills and relating sensitively to both children and parents. The student gains familiarity with normal growth and development, pediatric preventive medicine and evaluation and management of common childhood illnesses.
PA684 - Geriatric Clerkship
In this rotation, the student is assigned to an institution caring for the geriatric patient. Special emphasis is placed on the identification, and management of common problems in the elderly population.
PA685 - Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship
The student learns about common gynecological problems, pregnancy and prenatal care. The rotation emphasizes clinical experience with abnormal menstruation and bleeding, infections and contraception counseling.
PA686 - Emergency Medicine Clerkship
This rotation stresses the evaluation and management of problems of the patient presenting to the emergency department. The student gains experience in the initial evaluation of potential life-threatening conditions and in performing problem-specific examinations and procedures. This rotation takes place in community hospital emergency departments as well as major trauma centers.
PA687 - Elective Clerkship I
This is the first of two four-week rotations designed to enhance the students' knowledge in a disciplinary area of their choosing. Students may repeat a rotation of particular interest to them or explore a medical or surgical specialty.
PA688 - Elective Clerkship II
This is the second of two four-week rotations designed to enhance the students' knowledge in a disciplinary area of their choosing. Students may repeat a rotation of particular interest to them or explore a medical or surgical specialty. This final elective may serve as a bridge to employment.
PA690 - Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
This course introduces students to evidence based medical practice, including the philosophy and principles of scientific methods of inquiry. topics include library resources, conducting a search for medical literature, interpretation and critical evaluation of medical literature; NIH training modules including IRB training and human subjects research. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate current literature from the medical journals in light of research design and data collection.