Graduate Catalog 2008-09
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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.
PADP 6040. Human Physiology (5)
P: Enrolled in the PA program or by permission of the 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 (5)
Advanced rotation focuses on community settings in area of student’s medical vocational interest. Facilitates acquisition of communication and behavioral modification skills useful in primary care setting.
6320. Internal Medicine Clinical Practicum (5)
Applies medical knowledge to basic and complicated problems and situations encountered in internal medicine practice. Collect database, formulate complete problem list, and participate in daily rounds and management of patient problems. Develops awareness of complexity of disease processes and differential diagnosis.
6330. Family Medicine Clinical Practicum (5)
In-depth emphasis on outpatient evaluation, treatment of conditions common at family medicine/primary care level, and appropriate health maintenance measures for all age groups.
6340. General Surgery Clinical Practicum (5)
Routine health care of variety of surgical inpatients and outpatients. Assignment to surgical team with emphasis on pre-operative evaluation and preparatory procedures, assisting at operating table, and management of patients through post-operative period to discharge.
6350. Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum (5)
Evaluation and management of emergency and surgical problems seen in emergency department. Initial evaluation of potential surgical conditions and performance of problem-specific exams, emergency procedures, and minor surgical skills.
6360. Pediatrics Clinical Practicum (5)
Assignment to institutional setting or community-based pediatric site. 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 (5)
P: Enrolled in PADP program; or consent of chair. Clinical experiences in prenatal care and women’s health.
6380. Geriatrics Clinical Practicum (5)
Clinical experience with the aging population focusing on unique medical, psychosocial, environmental and cultural aspects of aging.
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.
PADP Banked Courses
6300. Physical Diagnosis (4)
6400. Communication Skills (1)
6600. Advanced Clinical Practicum (3)
6700. Advanced Clinical Practicum (3)
6950. Epidemiology/Methods I (2)
6951. Epidemiology/Methods II (1)
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