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P.A. Program Course Descriptions

Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine
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P.A. Program Course Descriptions

PA R5011 Clinical Anatomy

Using a regional approach that integrates the principles of basic, radiologic, and cross-sectional anatomy and embryology, students will learn the structure and function of human anatomy. Throughout the course, heavy emphasis is placed on clinical correlations―that is, clinically-relevant anatomy as it applies to patients. Embryology is incorporated throughout the course and includes the study of congenital malformations. The laboratory experience consists of high-yield laboratory demonstrations where all facets of clinical anatomy (osteology, prosection, radiologic and cross-sectional anatomy) are explored. 30 lect., 30 lab hr/semester;4 cr.

PA R5021 Physiology I

The first of a two-semester course, Physiology I seeks to illustrate both the cellular functions of the body, and the integration of the organ systems to achieve and maintain homeostasis. Cellular and autonomic functioning, as well as the physiology of the cardiac, neurologic and respiratory systems are investigated in the first semester 45 lect., 3hr/wk.;3cr.

PA R5031 Pharmacology I

The first of two courses, Pharmacology I introduces the general principles of drug actions and characteristics of classes of drugs;drug safety and efficiency;duration of action; potential side effects or adverse reactions;and drug interactions.It will cover drugs used in the cardiac, neurologic and respiratory systems. 30 lect., 2hr /wk;2cr.

PA R5041 Clinical Medicine I

The first of a 3-part series, this course is an organ-based exploration of the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management of illness in adults.This course specifically focuses on the conditions found in the disciplines of Rheumatology, Oral Health, Dermatology and Psychiatry. 30 lect. 2hr. /wk.;2cr.

PA R5051 Patient Interviewing

The cultural patterns of communication affecting the clinician-patient relationship are explored in this course.Students learn effective interviewing techniques and practice these skills in bedside learning experiences. 25 lect., 10 bedside learning 2 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R5012 Physiology II

The second of a two-semester course, Physiology II seeks to illustrate both the cellular functions of the body, and the integration of the organ systems to achieve and maintain
homeostasis. The renal, acid-base, gastrointestinal, endocrine and the reproductive system, and genetics are investigated in this semester.45 lect., hr. /wk. 3cr.

PA R5022 Preventive Medicine

This course is an introduction to core public health concepts in an attempt to inform clinical practice regarding population
health. The fields of preventive medicine, environmental/ occupational health, and public health policy/ advocacy will be explored. Students will gain a conceptual and practical understanding of mitigating health care barriers, health maintenance, disaster preparedness, and behavioral change communication strategies. 30 lect. 2 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R5032 Physical Diagnosis

The method of performing a comprehensive physical examination is introduced in this course. Techniques for presenting findings in written and oral formats, utilizing the problem-oriented medical record are integrated in the curriculum. This course includes a weekly supervised small group practicum. 20 lect., 20 lab, 3hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R5042 Pharmacology II

The second of two courses, Pharmacology II continues an exploration of the general principles of drug actions and characteristics of classes of drugs;drug safety and efficiency;duration of action;potential side effects or adverse reactions;and drug interactions.This course focuses on drugs used for
diseases of the central nervous system, hematologic and inflammatory and endocrine systems, and the use of antimicrobials and chemotherapeutic agents. 30 lect. 2hr. /wk.;2cr

PA R5052 Clinical Medicine II

The second of a 3-part series, this course is an organ-based exploration of the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management of illness in adults. This course specifically focuses on the conditions found in the disciplines of Cardiology, Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, and Nutrition. 60 lect. 4hr. /wk. 4cr.

PA R5062 History of the Profession

This course will provide the physician assistant student with an introduction and foundation in the history of the PA profession by exploring milestones in the history, development, responsibilities of clinical practice, roles as healthcare providers, patient advocacy, organizations, eligibility and maintenance requirements of the Physician Assistant profession. Also included is an exploration of the continuing health care workforce shortage, quality of care, subspecialty development, and economic issues. Medical ethics are explored in the context of contemporary medical scenarios. 15 lect., 1 hr./wk.;1 cr.

PA R5013 Clinical Correlation

This course is a case-based presentation of the diagnosis and treatment of common symptoms. Students develop patient databases and differential diagnoses, as well as complete treatment and long-term management plans for a variety of medical problems. The synthesis of material previously learned in a case-based format refines skills in critical thinking, medical problem-solving, the written and the oral presentation of clinical cases. 30 lect. 2 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R5023 Cross-Cultural Competencies in Counseling

A patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to the communication skills needed to build a culturally sensitive patient-provider relationship is stressed in this course. Counseling skills needed to address substance abuse, sexual issues and breaking bad news are addressed as well as the skills needed to address the angry, grieving or fearful patient. 30 lect. 2 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R5033 Clinical Medicine III

The last of a 3-part series, this course is an organ-based exploration of the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management of illness in adults. This course specifically focuses on the conditions of Neurology, Nephrology, Hematology &Oncology, Laboratory Methods, and Radiology. 45 lect., /semester;3 cr.

 

PA R5043 Integrative Medicine

This course explores the subspecialty medicine disciplines of pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, emergency medicine, surgery, and geriatrics. The diagnosis and treatment of disease states found in these sub-disciplines will be described, and each will be contrasted to basic concepts learned in the three-part Clinical Medicine course. The influence of environment, culture, and social differences will also be essential to the discussion, aligning the associations and their clinical implications in various diseases. 60 lect., 60 lab hr. /semester;4 cr.

PA R5053 Technical Skills

Technical procedures frequently encountered in primary care, emergency medicine, and surgical settings are taught and practiced in this course. Procedures such as intravenous cannulization, suturing, urethral catheterization, splinting and casting and nasogastric lavage are demonstrated, in addition to the interpretation of laboratory tests, electrocardiograms, and radiographs. 30 lect. 2 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R5063 Medical Spanish

Knowledge of and practice using basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar and simple phrases commonly used in medical situations is covered in this course.15 lect., 1 hr./wk.;1 cr.

PA R6011 Emergency Medicine Clerkship

This six-week clerkship provides opportunities to evaluate and treat patients with urgent and emergent medical complaints under the supervision of an emergency medical physician. The care of patients with life-threatening illness as well as patients seen in the sub-acute "fast track" is emphasized. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr. /wk.;3 cr.

 

PA R6021 Internal Medicine Clerkship

This six-week clerkship provides direct patient care experiences in the in-patient setting. Under the direction of board-certified internists, students learn to evaluate and formulate treatment plans for patients with a wide variety of adult illnesses. Critical thinking skills, synthesis of pertinent clinical information, the presentation of problem-oriented patient data, indications for and interpretation of laboratory studies, and competence in clinical procedures are emphasized. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.60hr. /wk.;4 cr.

PA R6031 Pediatrics Clerkship

The care of children from birth through adolescence is the focus of this six-week clinical experience. Acute illness, developmental delay, genetic abnormalities, psychosocial issues and preventive medicine are explored. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr. /wk.;3 cr.

 

PA R6041 Surgery Clerkship

This six-week clinical experience focuses on the care of the surgical patient in the pre-operative, operating room and post-operative settings. Determination of surgical diagnoses and immediate management of life-threatening conditions are stressed. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr. /wk.;3 cr.

 

PA R6051 Primary Care Clerkship

Students work with board-certified family physicians and general internists to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients of all ages with a wide variety of illness in this six-week clerkship. Emphasis is placed on health care delivery in the outpatient setting, health promotion, preventive medicine and the patient-centered medical home. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr. /wk.;3 cr.

PA R6061 Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship

Experiences in the full range of woman's health issues throughout the reproductive and post-menopausal years are offered in this six-week clerkship, including participation in common gynecological surgical procedures and assisting in labor and delivery. Students learn to provide pre- and post- partum care and family planning as wells. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.60 hr. /wk.;4 cr.

 

PA R6071 Psychiatry Clerkship

The diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with psychiatric illness in the in-patient, out-patient and emergency settings are stressed in this six-week rotation. This clerkship requires students develop and demonstrate a variety of skills under the supervision and guidance of an experienced psychiatric practitioner. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr. /wk.;3 cr.

 

PA R6081 Geriatrics Clerkship

This four-week clerkship emphasizes the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions found within the geriatric population. Rehabilitation and issues regarding quality of life are stressed.

Not only will various pathologies and diseases be discussed, but also, the social and economic implications of the growing elderly population. This clerkship requires students to develop and demonstrate a variety of skills under the supervision of clinicians practicing geriatrics. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr./wk.;2 cr.

PA R6091 Critical Care Clerkship

The care and management of critically ill patients or those with multi-system disease is explored in this four-week clerkship. Special emphasis is given to monitoring techniques in life-threatening disease. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R6101 Elective Clerkship

This four-week experience offers the opportunity to explore a discipline of interest in depth. The disciplines related to primary care are prioritized and will reflect the goals, objectives and methods of the related core clerkship. Students are responsible to enhance their understanding of this discipline through by self-motivation. The contextual approach to these disciplines will include integrating basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, embryology, ancillary diagnostics and medical terminology.40 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R7011 Epidemiology

The fundamental skills necessary to evaluate core aspects of population health using epidemiological metrics are examined in this course. A review of relevant
terminology, basic measurements, biostatistics, study designs, evaluating & critiquing peer-reviewed research, and the theoretical application of epidemiological study designs and methods, as they relate to causality and disease prevention will be explored. 30 lect. 2 hr. /wk.;2 cr.

PA R7021 Research Methods

This course will develop the student's ability to identify a clinical problem and to collect, process, analyze, summarize and present an evidence-based approach solution to that problem. The topic can be a medical challenge in terms of diagnosis or treatment of a disease state, or management issues for patients or their family's issues of which there is lack of consensus or a lack of clear guidelines. Students will complete a literature review, perform a meta-analysis of the data and reach a conclusion. Students will write a scientific paper and then present to a panel of faculty reviewers. 30 lect;90/hr. lab. 5 cr.

PA R7031 Health, Law and Economics

This course introduces students to the basic principles of the law as it relates to healthcare and malpractice. The economic principles relating to coding and reimbursement, as well as the measures of patient safety and quality assurance are examined.30 lect. 2 hr. /wk.;2 cr.