Mississippi College

The clinical phase consists of 66 credit hours of academic work. During the series of clinical practicums I-VIII students will be assigned to eight clinical rotations conducted at a variety of clinical sites. Five weeks of the clinical rotation are spent on site, and one week is spent on campus for exams, lectures, board preparation, and course work. The rotation specialties include Emergency Medicine (6 weeks), Family Practice (6 weeks), Internal Medicine (6 weeks), Pediatrics (6 weeks), Surgery (6 weeks), Behavioral Medicine (6 weeks), Obstetrics & Gynecology (6 weeks), and an elective (6 weeks) of the student’s choice.  Students must complete all eight rotations to complete the practicum series.   The capstone of the clinical phase is the Advanced Clerkship. During this course, students choose one of three areas of concentration; Primary Care, Critical Care, or Surgery and spend the entire semester at one training site.

Clinical Practicum I 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training rotation descriptions for further details.

Clinical Practicum II 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training module descriptions for further details.

Clinical Practicum III 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training module descriptions for further details.

Advanced Professional Seminar 2 credit hours

In learning team and lecture settings, students review clinical cases and common medical topics and procedures. Teams may review concepts and procedures from previous or upcoming clinical rotations.

Clinical Practicum IV 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training module descriptions for further details.

Clinical Practicum V 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training module descriptions for further details.

Clinical Practicum VI 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training module descriptions for further details.

Advanced Professional Seminar 2 credit hours

In learning team and lecture settings, students review clinical cases and common medical topics and procedures. Teams may review concepts and procedures from previous or upcoming clinical rotations.

Clinical Practicum VII 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training module descriptions for further details.

Advanced Professional Seminar 2 credit hours

In learning team and lecture settings, students review clinical cases and common medical topics and procedures. Teams may review concepts and procedures from previous or upcoming clinical rotations.

Clinical Practicum VIII 5 credit hours

Students complete five weeks of supervised clinical training followed by one week of assessment and study on campus. See clinical training module descriptions for further details.

Advanced Professional Seminar 2 credit hours

In learning team and lecture settings, students review clinical cases and common medical topics and procedures. Teams may review concepts and procedures from previous or upcoming clinical rotations.

Advanced Clerkship credit hours

The capstone of the clinical phase is the Advanced Clerkship. During this course, students choose one of three areas of concentration; Primary Care, Critical Care, or Surgery and spend the entire semester at one training site. Students return to campus during the final two weeks of the semester for further assessment and study.

Advanced Professional Seminar 2 credit hours

The focus of this final semester of professional development is on preparation of the student for the PANCE and their job search. The course includes a series of presentations prepared by students and based on topics identified as weaknesses by Physician Assistant program faculty and through the collective results of the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Tool (PACKRAT).The final two weeks of the semester includes an intense period of summative evaluation and board review activities.

Evidence Based Medicine II 2 credit hours

During this semester-long course during the clinical year, PA students complete a portfolio which includes an evidence-based review paper on a clinical question of interest. They present their findings to faculty and student colleagues.

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