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Spring Semester

PAS 5009: BEHAVIORAL & COMMUNITY MEDICINE – 2

The second course in the PAS 5005, 5009 sequence. A continuation of the study of the biopsychosocial model of health care and the study of the American health care system emphasizing the role of the PA on the health care team; patient education/preventive medicine/community health; medicolegal ethics.

PAS 5004: CLINICAL PROBLEM-SOLVING / DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

An introduction to critical thinking in the development of the medical diagnosis and treatment plan.

PAS 5007C: CLINICAL PROCEDURES

The primary objective of the Clinical Procedures course is to help PA students develop an understanding of and basic competence in the skills needed to perform diagnostic and outpatient, in-house, and emergency procedures. It is not intended to be conclusive nor is this class meant to turn out “skilled professionals.” Basic skills and knowledge learned here will prepare the student to further refine these skills with more intense, personalized instruction in the clinical setting.

PAS 5027: EKG INTERPRETATION

A study of the principles and practical applications of electrocardiography for the physician assistant. An overview of common laboratory studies frequently encountered in the clinical setting. Students will learn when to order and how to interpret a variety of laboratory studies.

PAS 5020: INTRODUCTION TO MEDICINE – 2

The second course in the sequence PAS 5010, 5020. Signs, symptoms, and pathophysiology of common diseases of all ages; special studies in differential diagnosis. Individual sections cover various specialties included in the course, as follows:

Orthopedics
This section of Introduction to Medicine provides students with an understanding of the occurrence, presentation, and management of orthopedic conditions common to primary care.

Infectious Disease
This section of Introduction to Medicine along with correlating material from BCM II provides students with an understanding of the major infectious disease processes affecting the US. These include HIV/AIDS, syphilis and gonorrhea. The HIV/AIDS coverage is in depth to fulfill obligations for Florida licensure as well as cover the complexity of this topic.

Geriatrics
This section of Introduction to Medicine provides students with an understanding of the unique health care issues with the geriatric patient from both the individual patient’s health care to a more global health care “industry” perspective.

Pediatrics
At the end of this section of Introduction to Medicine the student will be able to demonstrate on a written exam an understanding of the normal pediatric patient as well as the presentation and treatment of pediatric problems common in primary care medicine.

Rheumatology
In this section of Introduction to Medicine, the student is introduced to the occurrence, presentation, diagnosis, and management of rheumatologic conditions encountered in the primary care setting.

Neurology
In this section of Introduction to Medicine, the student is introduced to the occurrence, natural history, presentation, diagnosis, and management of the neurological conditions encountered in the primary care setting.

Psychiatry
During this section of Introduction to Medicine, the student is introduced to the presentation and management of the psychiatric conditions most commonly encountered in the primary care setting.

Medical Management of the Surgical Patient
This section of Introduction to Medicine provides students with an understanding of basic concepts and medical management of patients, common to all surgical specialties.

Emergency Medicine
This section of Introduction to Medicine provides students with a general understanding of the presentation and management of common medical and surgical emergencies.

PAS 5001: PATIENT EVALUATION AND HOSPITAL PRACTICUM

Utilizing the hospital setting, the student will obtain experience in performing and recording patient histories and physical examinations and presenting clinical data.