Physician Assistant Clinical Rotations
Clinical experience is an essential component of the curriculum and students begin clinical rotations after completion of four semesters of didactic education. By means of clinical rotations in the major disciplines of medicine and surgery, students learn to integrate their fund of knowledge, and what they have learned about clinical medicine, with the actual care of the patient. The department is clinically affiliated with numerous hospitals, clinics and private practices. During the clinical year, students undertake seven six-week and two three-week supervised clinical rotations in each of the following disciplines:
Internal Medicine: Students actively participate in all aspects of direct patient care in inpatient and/or outpatient adult medicine. This fundamental clinical experience places emphasis on patient evaluation and assessment, oral and written case presentations, understanding the complexities and interrelationships of disease processes and diagnostic and therapeutic collaboration.
Family Medicine: This clinical practicum provides the student with an opportunity to gain experience in a primary care setting with patients of all ages. This experience exposes the student to a wide range of common ambulatory care problems.
General Surgery: This clinical experience provides exposure to concepts and principles that characterize the practice of general surgery. Students participate in the pre-operative, operative and post-operative care of patients admitted to a variety of surgical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Pediatrics: Practical clinical experience in the recognition and management of common pediatric problems is provided, including assessment of the newborn, well baby care, preventive pediatrics and parent counseling.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine: This three-week clinical rotation provides experience working with patients in a psychiatric/behavioral medicine setting. Emphasis is placed on the clinical presentation, diagnostic work-up, treatment and management of these patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Women's Health: This three-week clinical experience encompasses the fundamentals of women's health. Emphasis is on the medical history, physical examination, diagnosis and treatment involved with pre-natal, post-natal and general gynecologic care.
Emergency Medicine: This clinical experience includes the management of acute medical and surgical problems with an emphasis on the importance of precise diagnosis as well as the principles of emergency therapy.
EBM Clerkship: Students choose their clinical specialty and critically review one area of the medical literature based on a clinical question of interest. They develop a project that includes concepts of evidence-based medicine in relation to their clinical question and their clinical experience.
Clinical Elective: Many specialty options are available for this elective experience. Specific clinical disciplines may be chosen based upon special interests of the student or upon what he or she determines would best augment existing clinical knowledge and skills.
Optional Post-Graduate Mini-Residency: Upon program completion, graduates have the option of continuing their clinical training in an 8-15 week post graduate mini-residency. This additional clinical experience allows students to enhance their knowledge and skills and develop expertise in a medical or surgical field of their choice.