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General Goals of the Clinical Year

The clinical year takes students from the theoretical classroom setting to an active, hands-on learning environment to prepare them for a lifetime of continued refinement of skills and expanded knowledge as a practicing PA. To this end, the goals of the clinical year include:

  • Apply didactic knowledge to supervised clinical practice
  • Develop and sharpen clinical problem-solving skills
  • Expand and develop the medical fund of knowledge
  • Perfect the art of history taking and physical examination skills
  • Sharpen and refine oral presentation and written documentation skills
  • Develop an understanding of the PA role in health care delivery
  • Prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam
  • Develop interpersonal skills and professionalism necessary to function as part of a medical team.

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