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Physician Assistant Program

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Didactic Courses

MPAP 501 – Human Anatomy
Credit: 4 hours
This one semester clinical anatomy unit prepares the student for clinical practice with an understanding of functional human anatomy. The unit consists of a series of lectures and labs. Lectures are taught by experienced clinicians. The labs are guided by surgical faculty.  The lecture and lab sections are organized in an organ system approach, correlating with the physical diagnosis unit that runs concurrently. 

MPAP 502 – Physiology
Credit: 3 hours
Physiology is presented to the student to reinforce the importance of physiology and pathophysiology to the study of clinical medicine. The course is structured in an organ system approach, correlating the basic sciences with clinical applications. It is delivered in the first semester as a foundation for the clinical medicine courses. It is structured to coincide with the anatomy course and the physical diagnosis course to emphasize clinical applications.

MPAP 503 – Behavior Medicine
Credit: 4 hours
This course is an introduction to psychiatric disorders and behavioral medicine. Presented in lecture and seminar format the major psychiatric disorders are studied. DSM-IV classification is covered, as is interviewing and office counseling. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills.  Standardized patients and/or objective structured clinical examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 504 – Clinical Medicine I
Credit: 4 hours
This is the first of three didactic Clinical Medicine courses presented in the first year. The course will concentrate on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; organized into an organ system approach, this first course will cover preventive medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology and EKG, and hematology and oncology. The course is presented in lecture format taught by affiliated physicians and physician assistants. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills. Standardized patients and/or objective structured clinical examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 505 – Clinical Medicine II
Credit: 6 hours
This is the second of three didactic Clinical Medicine courses presented in the first year. The course will concentrate on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; organized into an organ system approach, this second course will cover pulmonology, neurology, endocrinology, urology, gastroenterology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology and nephrology. The course is presented in lecture format taught by affiliated physicians and physician assistants. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills. Standardized Patients and/or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 506 – Clinical Medicine III
Credit: 6 hours
This is the last of three didactic Clinical Medicine courses presented in the first year. The course will concentrate on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; organized in a life-cycle approach, this course will cover obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and men’s health-. The course is presented in lecture format taught by affiliated physicians and physician assistants. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills.  Standardized patients and/or objective structured clinical examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 507 – Laboratory Medicine
Credit: 3 hours
This course provides an introduction to physician office laboratory (POL) clinical procedures. Concentration is on the performance and interpretation of CLIA waived tests. Selection and interpretation of routine diagnostic tests commonly used in clinical practice is also covered. The course is designed to give the primary care provider laboratory data relevant to diagnosis and management of common diseases. Lectures are supplemented with hands on performance of common POL tests.

MPAP 508 – Radiology
Credit: 1 hour
The radiology unit will introduce the student to ordering and interpreting diagnostic imaging studies. Presented in lecture format, the student will learn the basics of radiographic science. A variety of imaging modalities including radiographs, ultrasound, CT, and MRI will be discussed. Plain and digital images will be viewed. The student will learn protocols for interpreting plain films. Case studies will integrate imaging studies with clinical pathology. Concentration will be on skeletal radiographs, basic chest x-ray, abdominal films, and head CT.

MPAP 509 – Evidence-Based Medicine
Credit: 4 hours
This one semester course is an introduction to Evidence-based Medicine (EBM), and prepares the student for EBM II which is the clinical year project. Evidence based-medicine provides tools to assist clinicians to make accurate diagnoses and select optimal treatment for their patients. This course will review statistical concepts, the epidemiologic basis for clinical research, and research ethics, and will teach students to formulate clinical questions, search and critically appraise the medical literature, and incorporate best evidence into their practice. The course content is presented in lecture format with small group discussions.

MPAP 510 – Emergency Medicine
Credit: 2 hours
This course will focus on the management of patients with emergency medical and surgical conditions requiring evaluation and treatment. Presented in lecture format, with small group case discussion sessions, the student will learn to recognize those patients with life-threatening disorders. Triage, stabilization, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and specialty consultation will be covered. As adjunctive material and in preparation for clinical year studies students will take the BLS and ACLS certification courses prior to starting the clinical year rotations.

MPAP 511 – Genetics
Credit: 1 hour
This one semester course is an introduction to medical genetics and genomics. Presented in lecture format this course explores the genetic basis of disease and clinical genetic disorders. Students will be taught to develop a genetic pedigree and understand its inherent health implications. Students will also study medical genomics, the application of which can be used to develop genotypic specific diagnoses, prevention, and therapy.

MPAP 512 – History & Physical Examination
Credit: 4 hours
This semester long course introduces the student to the art of acquiring a patient history and performing the physical examination. Using weekly lecture and laboratory format the course will detail how to obtain a medical history, and perform a complete physical examination. The small group labs will allow the student to learn history and physical skill, after they are demonstrated by the faculty. Simulated patient encounters will provide the student with the opportunity to practice their clinical skills. At the conclusion of each lab students will perform a case-based clinical scenario exercise with their lab partner and receive faculty feedback on their performance. A summative physical exam will be performed and graded.

MPAP 514 – Orthopaedics
Credit: 2 hours
This is a one semester course designed to give the student an overview of the discipline of orthopaedics. Presented in lecture and laboratory format, this course covers the basics of musculoskeletal medicine. Several procedural seminars dedicated to musculoskeletal physical examination skills, casting and splinting, and interpretation of skeletal radiographs are included. The course will cover musculoskeletal disorders of all age groups. Special emphasis will be directed to office and emergency orthopaedics as seen in primary care. Operative orthopaedics will also be discussed in preparation for the required orthopaedics rotation in the second year.

MPAP 515 – Pharmacotherapeutics I
Credit: 2 hours
This course is the introductory section of a three semester pharmacotherapeutics curriculum. This first section will introduce the student to the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, drug interactions, and adverse reactions. The student will also be introduced to the drug reference resources. Drugs will be introduced in conjunction with the clinical medicine units that are taught this semester. Presented in lecture format with interactive sessions, this unit will provide the student with the pharmacotherapeutic principles needed for clinical practice. The course is taught by experienced clinical doctor of pharmacy faculty.

MPAP 516 – Pharmacotherapeutics II
Credit: 2 hours
This is the second course in a three semester course. The course will concentrate on therapeutic applications of drugs for various organ systems integrated with the clinical medicine units being taught during this semester. Presented in lecture format augmented by clinical case presentations discussed in small group sessions. The course is taught by experienced clinical doctor of pharmacy faculty.

MPAP 517 – Pharmacotherapeutics III
Credit: 2 hours
This is the third semester course in Pharmacology. This course will build on the previous two courses and concentrate on the clinical pharmacotherapeutics of life cycle medicine. Presented in lecture format, with small group discussions, the unit is taught in conjunction with pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, men’s health, and integrative medicine. The course will expand on the clinical application of therapeutics specific to patients of all ages and gender. Biological and herbal medicine, as applicable to primary care, will be discussed. The course is taught by experienced doctor of pharmacy faculty.

MPAP 518 – Clinical Assessment
Credit: 3 hours
This course builds on the history and physical diagnosis course by adding a practical component. The student will be assigned to hospital and outpatient preceptors who will guide them in the history and physical exam process. The student will be assigned to interview patients and obtain a complete medical history and perform a detailed physical exam. The student will be taught how to document the history and physical in the medical record and how to structure an oral presentation. Formal history and physical write-ups will be evaluated by program faculty and course preceptors.

MPAP 519 –Health Policy & Professional Practice I
Credit: 1 hours
This two semester course introduces the student to the issues of physician assistant practice including PA history, state laws and rules, certification, licensure, DEA regulation, and malpractice insurance. The student is also taught healthcare organization, policy, ethics, and economics. The course will explore coding and reimbursement. The student will also have the opportunity to be exposed to the other members of the healthcare team.

MPAP 520 – Health Policy & Professional Practice II
Credit: 2 hours
This is the second course of a two semester course introducing the student to the issues of physician assistant practice including PA history, state laws and rules, certification, licensure, DEA regulation, and malpractice insurance. The student is also taught healthcare organization, policy, ethics, and economics. The course will explore coding and reimbursement. The student will also have the opportunity to be exposed to the other members of the healthcare team.

MPAP 521 – Surgery
Credit: 4 hours
This one semester course, presented in lecture format with weekly lab sessions is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of surgical practice. Lectures will cover surgical principles and common surgical conditions. The student will learn basic clinical procedures including sterile procedure, anesthesia, suturing, and common office procedures. Pre-operative and post-operative patient care is presented.

Clinical Courses

MPAP 601 – Emergency Medicine
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week rotation is located at one of our affiliated Emergency Departments. Students will participate in all aspects of emergency medical care. The student will interview, evaluate and examine patients presenting to the Emergency Department. Students will present all patients cared for to the precepting clinician. Emergency procedures and treatment will be guided by the clinical preceptor. Patient encounters must be logged with the PA program. Students will be graded on preceptor evaluations and final examination.

MPAP 602 – Family Practice
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week rotation introduces the student to the basics of family medicine. The student will participate in all aspects of care for patients of all ages. The student will interview, examine, and treat patients under the direction of the preceptor. Special emphasis is placed upon patient education, prevention, and health maintenance.

MPAP 603 – Internal Medicine
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week rotation gives the student the opportunity to apply medical interventions for internal medicine patients in either the inpatient and/or outpatient setting. Under the direction a preceptor the student will analyze the patient chart, monitor the patient’s progress, perform history and physicals, and plan therapeutic interventions. In the inpatient setting the student will round with the inpatient team. In the outpatient setting the student may participate in nursing home rounds. The student will learn to order specialty tests, write orders, and request specialty consultation. They will also gain an appreciation for discharge planning and disposition regarding home care and follow up.

MPAP 604 – Surgery
Credit: 5 hours
This is a 5 week rotation located at one of our affiliated inpatient general surgical units. The student will learn pre-op, intra-operative, and post-operative patient care. The student will scrub into surgical cases and assist the surgeon as indicated. The student will participate in the management of the surgical inpatient, and assist with discharge planning. The student will be assigned to an on-call team and respond to emergency in the ED and OR with the team.

MPAP 605 – Pediatrics
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week rotation will expose the student to the clinical practice of pediatric medicine. Rotations will either be at an affiliated inpatient facility or a private outpatient practice. Students will care for infants, children and adolescents. Duties will include routine health maintenance, physical exams, acute care, and patient education. The student will recognize normal development and appreciate common abnormalities of growth and development. Students will become familiar with the evaluation and treatment of common pediatric disorders. Emphasis will be on preventive care and family dynamics. (5 credit hours)

MPAP 606 – Psychiatry
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week rotation enables students to see patients in either outpatient or inpatient mental health facilities. The student will develop skill counseling patients with psychiatric and psychosocial disorders. Under the direction of the preceptor the student will become familiar with the use of psychotropic therapeutics. Students will learn to identify and refer “at-risk” patients.

MPAP 607 – Obstetrics & Gynecology
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week rotation provides the student for an opportunity to gain experience in common gynecological conditions. The student learns about screening for breast and gynecologic cancers, normal and abnormal menstrual patterns, infectious diseases, and family planning. The student participates in providing routine prenatal and obstetrical care.

MPAP 608 – Primary Care
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week rotation introduces the student to the basics of outpatient primary care medicine. The student may rotate in an ambulatory clinic, internal medicine office, family practice, or urgent care. The student will participate in all aspects of care for patients of all ages. The student will interview, examine, and treat patients under the direction of the preceptor. Special emphasis is placed upon patient education, prevention, and health maintenance.

MPAP 609 – Evidence-Based Medicine II
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 week course is a continuation of EBM I from the didactic curriculum. This second course extends the content presented in EBM I. In EBM II students formulate a clinical question, research and assess the medical literature, and analyze the selected research studies for validity. There are weekly small group lectures and discussions. The students meet on an individual basis with a faculty mentor to refine their clinical questions and develop a final paper. The students will create a PowerPoint presentation to present findings to the faculty.

MPAP 610 – Orthopaedics
Credit: 5 hours
This is a 5 week rotation in general orthopaedics. The rotation is either with an affiliated hospital based or private community practice. The student will rotate through the various specialties within the department. The student will gain experience with common office orthopaedic disorders, pre-op, and post op care. Operative orthopaedic experience is obtained by assisting the attending surgeon during selected cases. The student will learn common orthopaedic procedures such as joint and soft tissue injections, fracture reduction, casting, splinting, wound care, suturing, and surgical assisting.

MPAP 611 – Elective I
Credit: 5 hours
The student is given the option of electing 2 rotations of their choice. They may be medical and/or surgical electives. It is proposed to select electives that will fulfill the student’s clinical interests and add to their experience preparing for the job market. A case presentation is required at the completion of the elective to be shared with the faculty and fellow students during call back day.

MPAP 612 – Elective II
Credit: 5 hours
The student is given the option of electing 2 rotations of their choice. They may be medical and/or surgical electives. It is proposed to select electives that will fulfill the student’s clinical interests and add to their experience preparing for the job market. A case presentation is required at the completion of the elective to be shared with the faculty and fellow students during call back day.