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Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

P.A. Program Course Descriptions

  • PA 30100
    History of the Profession
    1 credit/15 lecture hours (1 hr/wk)

This course introduces students to the history of the P.A. profession through and extensive review of original literature, including readings on medical manpower shortages, patient and provider acceptance, quality of care, substitutability, subspecialty development, and economic issues.  The ethics portion explores contemporary ethical issues in the context of the role of a dependent practitioner

 
 
  • PA 30101
    Orientation/Medical Terminology
    1 credit/15 lecture hours (1 hr/wk)

The course teaches the principles of scientific reasoning through integrated problem-based learning, study, test-taking, scientific reading and writing skills.   Students participate in a three-day team building exercise (Ropes course) and seminars, which focus on listening and communication skills development.  Students become familiar with the vocabulary of anatomical structures, disease processes, and the medical disciplines in this self-study programmed course.   The terminology learned provides a foundation for the study of the preclinical and clinical sciences and enhances effective communication with other healthcare professionals.

 
  • PA 36100, PA 36200
    Clinical Correlation I, II
    1 credit/15 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours for each course (2 hr/wk)

Students learn the critical thought process necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems

 
  • PA 37100
    Behavioral Science
    2 credits/30 lecture hrs/sem. and 15 laboratory hours (3 hr/wk)

Basic concepts of mental health, signs and symptoms of mental disorders, methods of gathering data on a patient’s mental status, and methods of managing mental health problems in primary care setup.  The Department of Psychiatry teaches a sequence in stress management.

 
  • PA 38100, 38200
    Physiology I, II
    4 credits per semester/60 lecture hours per semester (4 hr/wk)

Introduction to the study of the biomedical sciences with emphasis on the relationship of structure to function, the sources of energy for life processes, and the quantitative measurement of physiological functions.

 
  • PA 30200, 30300
    Physical Diagnosis I, II
    1 credit per semester/30 lecture hours per semester and 30 laboratory hours (4 hr/wk)

Students are introduced to the role of the physician assistant-patient interaction; proper methods of obtaining a comprehensive patient history and performing of comprehensive physical examination and methods of written case presentations utilizing the problem-oriented medical record.  Includes supervised small group practicums in the physical examinations.           

 
  • PA 34200, PA 34300, PA 34400
    CML Cluster I
    2 credits/30 lecture hours (2 hr/wk) and 35 PBL hours/wk
    CML Cluster II
    3 credits/45 lecture hours (3 hr/wk) and 35 PBL hours/wk
    CML Cluster III
    2 credits/30 lecture hours (2 hr/wk) and 35 PBL hours wk

Introduction to fundamental disease processes constructed in units around the major subspecialties of internal Medicine: Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Dermatology, Rheumatology, Hematology, Oncology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, and Neurology.   Integration of knowledge acquired in preclinical sciences with an understanding of clinical signs and symptoms related to common disease entities; process of diagnostic hypothesis generation; and introduction to the principles of patient management and therapeutics.  The section on Radiology introduces the student to the concepts of radiation safety, the indications, contraindications and preparations of routine and special studies.  While covering nuclear imaging, CT and MRI studies, more than 2/3 of the section is devoted to teaching the student paradigms for reviewing normal radiographs.  Also included in this sequence is a section on Dental Issues in Primary Care.

 
  • PA 37200
    Interviewing and Counseling 
    1 credit/15 lecture hours and 15 Problem-Based Learning hours (2 hr/wk)

This course focuses on the cultural patterns of communication affecting the clinician-patient relationship and teaches students effective interviewing techniques.   Throughout the course, students are expected to apply the concepts and cognitive skills acquired through the Behavioral science and Physical Diagnosis courses to clinical situations.

 
  • PA 35100
    Gross Anatomy & Embryology
    5 credits/46 lecture hours and 60 laboratory hours
    (16 hr/wk for 6 weeks)

The objective of Gross Anatomy & Embryology, with Organ Imaging, is to provide students with hands-on experience in the study of the structure and function of the human body, and an understanding of relevant aspects of human development and its abnormalities.  Gross Anatomy is explored via regional prosection. Students are expected to examine anatomic relationships leading to an integration of anatomic function and embryo-fetal development under normal and pathologic conditions.

 
  • PA 32300
    Pathology
    1 credit/15 lecture hours and 30 laboratory hours (3 hr/wk)

This course presents the students with the key concepts of the evolution and expression of disease.  The material covered is based upon the clinical importance and heuristic relevance of individual disorders.  The lectures are supplemented by computer-assisted instruction.

 
  • PA33300
    Pediatrics
    2 credits/30 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours (3 hr/wk)

Basic introduction to growth and development, well-child care, and evaluation, diagnosis and management of common disorders from conception to young adulthood.  Parent education and trauma prevention are stressed.

 
  • PA 35300
    Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (HPDP) Clinical Labs
    1 credit/15 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours (2 hr/wk)

This course emphasizes the role of Physician Assistants in educating patients about disease prevention.  Principles of behavioral medicine are taught in conjunction with material on promoting healthy lifestyles.

 
  • PA 30400
    OB/GYN
    1 credit/15 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours (2 hr/wk)

Introduction to routine and problem oriented evaluation of the female patient with emphasis on office gynecology, AIDS, and high risk pregnancies

 
  • PA 32400
    Geriatrics
    1 credits/15 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours (2 hr/wk)

This course introduces the students to the clinical implications of the physiologic changes occurring as a result of the aging process.  It also emphasizes the problem with prescriptions and the elderly as well as injury prevention and home visits.

 
  • PA 33400
    Surgery
    2 credits/30 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours (3 hr/wk)

Introduction to selected common disorders warranting general and surgical subspecialty evaluation including pathophysiology, preoperative management, repair, post-operative management and recovery.

 
  • PA 35400
    Emergency Medicine
    3 credits/45 lecture hours (3 hr/wk)

The emergency medicine segment focuses on diagnosis, treatment and referral of medical and surgical conditions frequently encountered in the emergency room setting.

 
  • PA 38400
    Health, Law and Economics
    1 credit/15 lecture hours (1 hr/wk)

This course introduces students to the basic principles of the law as it relates to healthcare and malpractice.

 
  • PA 39401
    Epidemiology
    1 credit/15 lecture hours, 20 laboratory hours (2.5 hr/wk)

This course provides students with a basic understanding of morbidity and mortality rates, incidence and prevalence; the characteristics of persons, place and time as they relate to disease; cohort analysis; risk factors and the calculation of relative risk; and screening methods and the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests.  The laboratory exercises with computer applications are field based and designed to give the students practical experience in elements of community health assessment.

 
  • PA 39402
    Graduate Pairing
    1 credit/45 laboratory hours (3 hr/wk)

This is a continuation of the physical diagnosis course giving students an opportunity to shadow a practicing PA in a clinical setting.  The student will observe the activities of a senior PA, interview patients, perform focused physical examinations, gain exposure to various medical specialties and acquire the socialization ad skills that are pertinent to the profession

 
  • PA 41500
    Emergency Medicine Rotation
    3 credits/6 weeks or 240 hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

This clerkship provides students with practical clinical experience in working in an urban acute care setting.  The clerkship helps students develop a focused and systematic approach in diagnosing and treating common medical and surgical emergency problems.

 
  • PA 42500
    Medicine Rotation
    3 credits/6 weeks or 240 hours at rotation site (40 hr/wk)

This clerkship provides students with practical clinical experience in interpreting and integrating information from a patient's history and physical symptoms in order to reach a diagnosis and formulate a management plan based on general medical knowledge.  In addition, students learn the indications and limitations of diagnostic procedures and therapeutic regimens common to internal medicine.

 
  • PA 43500
    OB/GYN Rotation
    3 credits/6 weeks or 240 hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

Students gain practical clinical experience in the diagnosis, evaluation and management of normal and abnormal conditions in gynecology and obstetrics.  In addition, students learn to provide pre- and post- partum care and counsel to patients on family planning and other concerns.

 
  • PA 44500
    Pediatrics Rotation
    3 credits/6 weeks or 240 hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

Students become acquainted with methods of pediatric diagnosis and therapy from birth through adolescence.  Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common childhood illnesses and well-child care.

 
  • PA 45500
    Primary Care Rotation 
    3 credits/6 weeks or 240 hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

Students in this clerkship gain experience in the effective and compassionate management of the broad spectrum of medical conditions that can be treated in the ambulatory setting.  The clerkship emphasizes the importance of providing direct, initial, comprehensive and continuous health care, with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention.  Students rotate twice through this clerkship.

 
  • PA 46500
    Psychiatry Rotation
    3 credits/6 weeks or 240 hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

This clerkship acquaints students with the diagnosis and management of ambulatory and inpatient psychiatric problems.  Students learn to treat both acute and chronic mental health problems as well as affective disorders caused by chemical abuse.

 
  • PA 47500
    Surgery Rotation
    3 credits/6 weeks or 240 hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

This clerkship acquaints students with the diagnosis and management of general and subspecialty surgical problems occurring in an ambulatory setting.  Students not only learn to assist in surgery, but also gain experience in pre- and post- operative evaluation and management.

 
  • PA 48500
    Critical Care/SICU Rotation
    2 credits/4 weeks or 160 hours of clerkship hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

Students have an opportunity to participate in the care and management of patients who are critically ill with life-threatening multi-system diseases.  Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of invasive physiological monitoring techniques and complex life saving technologies.

 
  • PA 49500
    Geriatrics Rotation
    2 credits/4 weeks or 160 hours of clerkship hours at the rotation site (40 hr/wk)

This clerkship gives students practical clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of common geriatrics medical conditions.   Additional emphasis is placed on the rehabilitation techniques and nutritional support appropriate for the elderly patient.

 
  • PA 49900
    Elective Rotation
    2 credits/160 hours of clinical training or 4 weeks of rotation
    Prerequisites: None

This rotation is to expose and educate the PA student with clinical experiences with both a pediatric and adult population in Primary Care subspecialty.  This rotation entails the development of comprehensive management of a wide variety of common medical problems.  All disciplines of medicine are integrated, enabling the student to recognize normalcy and assess its deviations.

The student will learn an approach to preventive medicine through the transitions of life - school age, middle age and old age. Preventive care shall be emphasized. The scheduled rotation hours will be determined by the preceptor at the beginning of the rotation and may be subject to change.

 
  • PA 40501, 40502, 40503
    Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE): Clinical Seminars I, II, III
    1 credit per semester/15 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours (2 hr/wk per semester)

The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination is equivalent to the National Board Examination - Medicine.  Physician Assistant students need specific training in Patient Management Protocols, Clinical Therapeutics and Clinical Interventions in their Senior Year.  The new course format will allow students to sign-up each semester for a one-credit hour (15 lecture/ laboratory hours) course in Medical Management and will receive a Pass/Fail grade at the end of each semester.