Clinical Medicine IV 3 credit hours
The essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ systems and life stages approach, clinical information is presented in conjunction with appropriate correlative lectures in emergent and preventive care. Patient cases are used in the small group setting to enhance readings and lectures, and students assess standardized patients in a controlled setting. This is a core course around which most other courses are organized.
Diagnostic Medicine V (with lab) 2 credit hours
This is the fifth of a multisemester course covering medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, radiology, imaging, clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG), and other diagnostic methods. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. The semester includes physical examination techniques and continues with basic principles of radiology (indications for, contraindications of, materials used, information obtained and complications), pathology, and the correlation between disease process and interpretation of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. Includes demonstration and practice of various physical examination and laboratory methods including ECG theory and interpretation.Teaching methods include learning team meetings and clinical assignments to examine and/or interview patients in hospital, outpatient, or long-term care settings.
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics V 1 credit hours
This course builds on principles covered in previous Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics courses. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. Drug categories and specific drugs used in the treatment of common diseases are presented using an organ systems approach to therapeutic management. Indications, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, appropriate drug dosing and monitoring are covered. Additionally, the use of sedatives and paralytics in the ICU is included.
Fundamentals of Medical Science V 1 credit hours
Concepts in Pathophysiology, Medical Genetics, Immunology and Clinical Microbiology are presented in correlation with Clinical Medicine Courses. The Medical Genetics topics provide a foundation for understanding the role of genes and chromosomes in basic patterns of inheritance, genetic factors in disease, screening and testing for genetic abnormalities and ethical and legal considerations. The Medical Microbiology topics cover pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and animal parasites in relation to human disease with an emphasis on pathogenesis, mechanisms of virulence, epidemiology, therapy and prevention. The Immunology topics introduce basic principles of human immunity, response of the body to injury and common immunologic disorders.
Professional Development V 1 credit hours
A course series taught throughout the preclinical phase, topics covered include the history of the PA profession, medical ethics, licensure and certification, PAs roles in health care, coding, reimbursement and health delivery systems. Focus on patient and professional communication, various professional practice issues and lifelong learning. Will include hands-on practice of various clinical skills, i.e. surgical gowning, suturing, in preparation for the clinical phase. Discussions on current clinical issues and student presentations on patient casework included. Meetings may also reinforce principles and practices taught in concurrent courses. Students will be assigned to teams with a faculty mentor, and this course will consist of regular team meetings and team based learning activities.
Critical Care Medicine II 1 credit hours
This course covers the fundamentals of management of critically ill patients, utilizing mechanical ventilators, interpreting hemodynamic data in the acute care setting, and appropriate use of subspecialty consultation in the intensive care setting. Topics include Respiratory Failure, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Managing Acute Intoxications, Support of Multi-organ System Failure, Basic Nutritional Support, Basic and Advanced cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Ethical Decision Making.
Emergency Medicine 1 credit hours
The course presents a systematic approach to the evaluation, recognition and management of medical and surgical emergencies which might be frequently encountered by the primary care physician assistant. Using a formal lecture/discussion format, the course focuses on etiology, evaluation, emergency treatment and stabilization of more common emergency injuries and disease presentations. The focus of the course is in providing students the necessary skill set to function in rural, underserved areas where the physician assistant might be responsible for identification of significant life threats, emergency treatment, and stabilization for evacuation to a higher level of care. Curriculum includes instruction and certification in the American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course. Advanced training is provided in trauma assessment and stabilization which includes instruction and practical performance laboratory for critical skills identified in the American College of Surgeon's Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.