Clinical Phase

Curriculum

Students complete 56 weeks of clinical training in 12 specialty areas. In addition there are two didactic courses that occur during this phase of the program, Advanced Clinical Medicine and PA Professional Practice. All students complete Internal Medicine I as a cohort during their first clinical month and then return to campus for one month of advanced didactic instruction. Students rotate through inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and emergent settings interacting with a variety of health care teams and providers.

Advanced Clinical Medicine

The Advanced Clinical Medicine course (4 cr.) is comprised of lectures and practical sessions that prepare the PA student to address common medical conditions as they relate to special patient populations such as pediatric, geriatric, women and those seeking care in an emergency department.

PA Professional Practice

The PA Professional Practice course (2 cr.) 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.

Mandatory Clerkships

Clerkship Credit Hours 
Internal Medicine I 4 cr.
Internal Medicine II 4 cr.
Family Medicine I 4 cr.
Family Medicine II 4 cr.
Emergency Medicine 4 cr.
Pediatrics 4 cr.
Psychiatry 4 cr.
Obstetrics and Gynecology 4 cr.
General Surgery 4 cr.

Elective Clerkships

Elective rotations will be offered in various sub-specialties of medicine and surgery including sub-internship opportunities in primary care, emergency medicine, and vascular surgery. Students will complete 5 elective rotations (20 credit hours) during the clinical phase. In addition, International clerkships are also available as electives.

Transportation

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. Transportation costs for the clinical phase of the program have been included in the student financial aid budget.

Assessment

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.