6511--Family Practice Rotation
Clinical experience focuses on the clinical aspects of family practice/
primary care. Students will participate in history taking, performing
physical exams, developing differential diagnoses, formulating
diagnoses, designing prevention and management plans, and documenting
common medical conditions observed in the family practice setting.
Students will have exposure to a variety of primary care procedures.
Emphasis will be placed on caring for patients across the life-span.
6512--Internal Medicine Outpatient Rotation
Clinical experience that focuses on outpatient adult care medicine.
Students will participate in performing complete outpatient history and
physical exams and problem-focused history and physical exams,
developing problem lists, identifying the clinical presentation of
chronic and acute medical disorders, developing differential diagnoses,
formulating diagnoses, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and
designing management plans for chronic and complex medical problems.
PA 6513--Internal Medicine Inpatient Rotation
Clinical experience focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and management
of acute and chronic inpatient medical conditions. Students will
perform complete inpatient history and physical exams, assist with
consultations, and evaluate and manage hospitalized patients from
admission to discharge. Students will be taught how to perform and
interpret diagnostic tests commonly utilized in inpatient medicine and
to perform common clinical hospital procedures. Students will also be
involved with inpatient hospital documentation to include the admission
summary, history and physical examination, daily progress note,
consultation note, and discharge summary.
PAS 6514--Pediatric Medicine Rotation
Clinical experience in an outpatient and inpatient (if available)
pediatric setting. Students will participate in the care of patients
ranging from neonates to adolescents through well-child and sick-child
office visits. Focus of experience is recognizing the clinical
presentation of common pediatric medical problems, developing
differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, and designing management
plans for these patients. Other areas of focus include clinical
application of drug dosing, immunizations, growth and developmental
milestones, common diagnostic procedures, nutritional assessment, and
documentation and communication with parents and pediatric patients.
PA 6515--Women’s Health Rotation
Clinical experience in outpatient women’s healthcare. Emphasis will be
on eliciting and performing the gynecological history and physical
examination, screening techniques, diagnostic procedures, management
plans, and contraceptive counseling and management. Focus will also be
on pre-natal and post-natal care, menstrual abnormalities, infertility,
sexuality issues, menopause, and sexually transmitted diseases.
6516--General Surgery Rotation
Emphasis on the clinical evaluation, diagnosis and surgical management
of patients in the general surgery setting. Students will participate
in pre-operative and post-operative patient care, outpatient evaluation
of surgical candidates, surgical inpatient management, assisting with
surgical techniques and cases, and documentation specific to surgical
patients. Students will be exposed to common surgical
procedures and the description, indications, contraindications,
and complications of each. Students will also participate in
interpreting diagnostic tests utilized in the general surgical
environment and in understanding operating room protocol.
PAS 6517--Emergency Medicine Rotation
Clinical evaluation, diagnosis and management of acute medical and
trauma conditions that present to the emergency department. Students
will participate in triaging patients, performing problem-focused
history and physical examinations, developing differential diagnoses,
formulating diagnoses, and designing management plans for patients
presenting to an emergency setting. Focus will also be on performing
emergency procedures, recognizing life-threatening medical conditions,
assisting with resuscitation efforts, and interpreting diagnostic tests
specific to the emergency medicine setting.
PAS 6518--Behavioral Medicine Rotation
Clinical experience that introduces students to a variety of behavioral
medicine and psychological conditions in an outpatient and/or inpatient
setting. Students will participate in psychiatric interviews and
physical examinations, individual and group psychological counseling,
development of management strategies for the psychiatric patient, and
interpretation of diagnostic and psychological testing. Focus of
experience will be in recognizing psychiatric medical conditions through
clinical presentation and the psychiatric interview.
PAS 6519--Orthopedic Medicine Rotation
Clinical experience that focuses on chronic, acute, and emergent
musculoskeletal conditions that present to the orthopedic setting.
Students will participate in clinical outpatient, surgical outpatient,
surgical inpatient, consultation, and operating room orthopedics. Focus
of experience is to enable student to recognize the clinical
presentation of common general orthopedic conditions, order and
interpret orthopedic diagnostic tests, and perform specific orthopedic
PAS 6520--Geriatric Medicine Rotation
Clinical experience that focuses on all aspects of geriatric medicine
including outpatient, inpatient, and nursing home settings. Students
will participate in diagnosing and managing acute and chronic medical
conditions specific to the geriatric population, recognizing
polypharmacy, and performing functional assessments.
PAS 6321--Elective Rotation I
PA Student will be permitted to select an area/ discipline of medicine
in which he/she desires to gain additional clinical experience. A list
of elective clinical rotation settings will be provided to the student
including the general core rotations and then subspecialty areas of
medicine and surgery.
PAS 6322--Elective Rotation II
PA Student will be permitted to select a second area/ discipline of
medicine in which he/she desires to gain additional clinical
experience. A list of elective clinical rotation settings will be
provided to the student including the general core rotations and then
subspecialty areas of medicine and surgery.
PA Students will complete a one week comprehensive review and evaluation
of expected physician assistant knowledge and skills. A combination of
written examinations, clinical procedural skills testing, objective
structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and diagnostic interpretation
will be utilized. Grading system will be satisfactory/ unsatisfactory.
PAS 6201--Capstone Project
Course focuses on applying evidence-based medicine principles to a
patient case study or original research. The emphasis of the project
will be on formulating a clinical question, summarizing background
information about the medical topic, conducting an extensive literature
search about the topic, and critiquing journal articles on the topic.
The goal of the project is to answer the clinical question utilizing
current research and guidelines, and then apply it to the patient case
or research. This is partially an independent study course with required
written assignments due at scheduled intervals throughout the clinical
curriculum phase of the program. The course will conclude with a
classroom portion in which an oral presentation of the project utilizing
Power Point, a written EBM paper, and a written journal article for
potential submission will be required for course completion.