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Graduate Catalog 2012-13


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PADP: Physician Assistant Studies

6000. The Role of the Physician Assistant and the History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Medical Practice (1)
History of medicine. Introduces medical ethics, nonclinical aspects of dependent practice, and roles of other health care providers involved in medical team approach to medical care and disease prevention. Explores different cultures and their perception of medicine, legal issues, quality assurance, and risk management. Facilitates development of realistic role identity for the physician assistant.
6010. Diagnostic Methods I (3)
Laboratory procedures used to identify pathophysiological processes and the rationale for ordering them. Interpretation of laboratory results and treatment options.
6020. Diagnostic Methods II (3)
Continuation of PADP 6010. Emphasis on ordering and interpreting lab tests in organ system based pathological case studies. Interpretation and ordering of electrocardiography, radiography and MRI, CT and PET scans.
6030. Clinical Gross Anatomy (5,0)
Structure of human body with virtual anatomy lab and clinical case studies.
6040. Human Physiology (5)
P: Enrolled in the PA program or consent of chair. Physiological principles fundamental to living tissue. All body systems studied as they relate to normal and pathological conditions in humans.
6050. Introduction to Clinical Medicine (3)
Emphasis on medical problem-solving using patient management format and case studies.
6150. Clinical Medicine I (5)
Clinically-oriented didactic and lab skills as preparation for clinical rotations and future clinical practice. Etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and appropriate management of selected disease entities. Clinical training in lab sciences, standardized patients, and obtaining and writing history and physical exams. Enhances acquisition of skills necessary to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. Presents musculoskeletal, infectious disease, dermatology, and cardiology systems.
6200. History and Physical Exam I (2)
Emphasis on patient interviewing, communication skills, and counseling skills. Proper use of instruments and techniques used in performing a thorough physical examination.
6210. History and Physical Examination II (3)
Continuation of PADP 6200. Emphasis on adult physical examination.
6220. History and Physical Examination III (3)
Continuation of PADP 6200 and 6210. Emphasis on examination of the pediatric patient and the geriatric patient.
6250. Clinical Medicine II (4)
Continuation of PADP 6150. Presents pulmonary, nephrology, neurology, endocrine, and hematology/oncology systems. Includes geriatrics and pediatrics.
6310. Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum (4)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on behavioral medicine evaluation and treatment in an outpatient and inpatient setting.
6320. Internal Medicine Clinical Practicum (6)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on internal medicine approach to direct care, initial care, comprehensive care and continuity of care.
6330. Family Medicine Clinical Practicum (6)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on the family medicine approach to initial care, comprehensive care and preventive care.
6340. General Surgery Clinical Practicum (4)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on the surgical evaluation and treatment of patients in an inpatient and outpatient setting.
6350. Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum (4)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on evaluation and management of emergency and surgical problems seen in the emergency department.
6360. Pediatrics Clinical Practicum (4)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on communication skills and relating sensitively to children and parents. Familiarization with normal growth and development, pediatric preventive medicine, and evaluation and management of common childhood illnesses.
6370. Women’s Health and Prenatal Care Clinical Practicum (4)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on the examination of the female patient with focus on the most common, prenatal, obstetric, and gynecologic problems and their diagnostic assessment, formulation of appropriate treatment plans, utilization of preventive medicine, and health maintenance modalities.
6380. Geriatrics Clinical Practicum (4)
P: Consent of instructor. Clinical experience with the aging population focusing on unique medical, psychosocial, environmental and cultural aspects of aging.
6390. International Medicine Clinical Practicum (2)
May be repeated once at a different site. P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on evaluation and treatment of disease in an outpatient and inpatient setting outside of the United States.
6395. Physician Assistant Studies Clinical Practicum (2)
May be repeated once at a different site. P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on evaluation and treatment of disease in a medical and/or surgical setting of the student’s choice from selective sites.
6500. Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics (4)
Pharmacological knowledge basic to assessment and management skills for advanced clinical practice. Pharmacological management of patients throughout life span with common acute and chronic health problems. Overviews of selected drug classes. Emphasis on data collection and diagnostic reasoning in relation to major drug classifications, monitoring, and evaluation of pharmacological interventions. Application of cost-benefit, risk-benefit, efficacy, side-effects, and adverse responses through case studies to develop knowledge and skills that adhere to legal standards of practice.
6650. Surgery and Emergency Medicine Skills (4)
Clinically-oriented didactic and lab skills related to knowledge and skills needed in emergency department and surgical arena. In-depth focus on acute and surgical conditions encountered in primary care and surgical settings. Pre-operative and post-operative care as well as surgical preparation to be properly demonstrated.
6680. Introduction to Clerkship (4)
Emphasis on preparing the student for clinical rotation experiences and medical procedures.
6800. Behavioral Medicine and Psychosocial Issues in Health Care (2)
General survey of fundamental principles underlying human behavior. Includes physiological development, learning, memory, motivation, and social and abnormal behavior. Emphasis on improving communication skills and integrating knowledge of psychosocial principles and diagnoses with clinical situations. Development of counseling skills, ability to handle patients with stress, and death and dying issues. Covers additional content in psychiatric case studies, problem-solving methodologies, and evidence-based medicine.
6810. Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence (2,0)
Develop critical skills necessary to identify, analyze, and resolve ethical, legal, and professional issues.
6850. Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (2)
Basic concepts include distribution, prevalence, causation, mode of transmission and dissemination, control, and prevention strategies used to counter significant infectious disease and occupational injuries. Investigates reportable diseases and conditions; role of state health departments in the process; and role of CDC&P in collecting and evaluating data reported by state, identifying emerging pathogens, and informing treatment community in a timely manner through such venues as the MMWR.
6980. Research Project (4)
Admission to candidacy, successful completion of didactic and clinical phases of the program, and successful performance on comprehensive exam as designated by dept.