Completion of 56 weeks of clinical training is required of all PA students. The goal of clinical education is to expose students to a variety of clinical environments that will foster their development of knowledge, skills and professional attitudes requisite for practice as a physician assistant. All students will complete Internal Medicine I during their first clinical month and then return to campus for a one-month transition period during which additional didactic instruction will occur. Please see the “Second Year” Curriculum Map for additional information.
All students will rotate through inpatient, outpatient, surgical and emergent settings interacting with a variety of health care teams and providers. While many of the mandatory rotations will be at one of our three major affiliate academic medical centers, each student will be expected to travel to rural and remote sites to balance the diversity of their clinical education. As a result, all students are required to have reliable means transportation during the clinical phase of the program. You will note the financial aid budget addresses this issue as well. Elective rotations will be offered in various subspecialties of medicine and surgery including “sub-internship” opportunities in primary care and emergency medicine. In addition, International clerkships are also available as electives.
Evaluation of the student’s clinical acumen will be determined by the clinical site preceptor, logging of diagnoses and clinical procedures, and performance on the end-of-rotation knowledge based examination for each rotation. Preparedness for clinical practice will be objectively established by a 7-station clinical skills examination prior to graduation and at the site visit that occurs within three months of graduation.
The PA Professional Practice course is comprised of lectures and seminars on professional development topics ranging from Reading an ECG: A Review to Negotiating an Employment Contract. These sessions occur at the end of each clinical rotation on the last day of the rotation commonly referred to as “the call back day.”
|PS 801||Internal Medicine I||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 802||Internal Medicine II||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 810||Family Medicine I||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 811||Family Medicine II||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 820||Emergency Medicine||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 850||Obstetrics and Gynecology||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 860||General Surgery||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 870||PA Professional Practice||Variable||2cr.|
|PS 900||Elective I||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 901||Elective II||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 902||Elective III||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 903||Elective IV||Variable||4cr.|
|PS 904||Elective V||Variable||4cr.|
Please note, the above curriculum map is representative of a typical student rotation schedule. However, schedules will vary depending on program need, rotation site availability, and student elective selection(s).
Current Electives Include:
Emergency Medicine Sub-Internship
Hematology and Oncology
Internal Medicine Sub-Internship
+++ to be determined while in the program. See student handbook and clinical rotations handbook for specific details
*** to be determined while in the program. See student handbook and clinical rotations handbook for specific details