PA-606. Human Anatomy. Human Anatomy is a broad, survey course that provides students with a detailed examination of all structural aspects of the human body. The course is presented by regions and allows students to learn and assimilate the morphology of different areas of the human body in an organized and logical fashion. Students are expected to become skilled at identification of anatomical structures, and are also expected to become proficient at recognition of structural arrangements and structural relationships. Anatomical structures are correlated with radiographic images in each of the regions studied. The course content is designed to correlate with important clinical problems that students may encounter as practitioners, and students are encouraged to start acquainting themselves with ways that anatomical alterations can affect normal function. The course is taught via lectures, class discussions, and laboratory dissection/prosection of human cadavers. Students have the opportunity to further their knowledge of anatomy by using computer-assisted technology, which is available online. Prerequisite: Enrollment into the Physician Assistant Program. 6 s.h.
PA-607. Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession. This course is designed to introduce the physician assistant to various professional topics that affect the practicing physician assistant. The course focus is on the non-medical aspect of the profession such as: history of the physician assistant profession, laws and regulations governing physician assistant practice, health policy, patient safety, current practice trends, and education. Legal and legislative issues discussed include licensing, credentialing, national certification, and professional liability. 1 s.h.
PA-614. Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I. This course provides an introduction to the study of the disease process. Emphasis has been placed on the integration of the essential anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. The differential diagnosis of symptoms and physical findings, diagnostic procedures, assessment and therapeutic modalities are discussed. Topics include dermatology, ENT, hematology, endocrinology and cardiology.6 s.h.
PA-615. Fundamental of Clinical Medicine II. This course continues the introduction to the study of the disease process. Emphasis is placed on the integration of the essential anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. The differential diagnosis of symptoms and physical findings, diagnostic procedures, assessment and therapeutic modalities are discussed. Topics include pulmonology, gastroenterology, urology, nephrology, women’s health, orthopedics and rheumatology. 6 s.h.
PA-616. Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine III. This course continues the introduction to the study of the disease process. Emphasis is placed on the integration of the essential anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. The differential diagnosis of symptoms and physical findings, diagnostic procedures, assessment and therapeutic modalities are discussed. Topics include neurology, psychiatry and infectious disease. 3 s.h.
PA-617. Clinical Problem Solving I. Clinical Problem Solving will consolidate the topics of medicine by developing a logical methodology of assessment of disease processes or syndromes, and subsequent intervention. Students will master the ability to generate differential diagnoses specific to the patients’ presenting complaints, signs and symptoms and laboratory data. A problem-based learning format is used. Prerequisites: Human Anatomy, Clinical Laboratory Medicine. Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I, Physical Diagnosis. 1 s.h.
PA-618. Clinical Problem Solving II. Clinical Problem Solving II is a continuation of Clinical Problem Solving I. Prerequisites: Clinical Problem Solving I, Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I, Physical Diagnosis. Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine II, Pharmacotherapeutics I, Pediatrics. 1 s.h.
PA-619. Clinical Problem Solving III. Clinical Problem Solving III is a continuation of Clinical Problem Solving II. Prerequisites: Clinical Problem Solving II, Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine II. Co-requisites: Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine III. 1 s.h.
PA-624. Pharmacotherapeutics I. This course teaches the fundamental principles of pharmacotherapy by presenting the rationale for treatments as well as the recommended treatment plans for a specific range of disease processes, symptoms and conditions in sequence with body system topics of PA 614 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I. Students learn to individualize medication regimens based on drug attributes, clinical evidence, comorbidities, drug mechanism of action, drug safety, monitoring parameters and treatment cost. Lecture material is augmented by case-based exercises designed to develop pharmacotherapy decision making skills. 3 s.h.
PA-625. Pharmacotherapeutics II. This course is a continuation of PA 624 and teaches pharmacotherapy by presenting the rationale for treatments as well as the recommended treatment plans for a specific range of disease processes, symptoms and conditions in sequence with body system topics within PA 615 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine II. Students will continue to learn how to individualize medication regimens based on clinical evidence, comorbidities, drug mechanism of action, drug safety, monitoring parameters, and treatment cost. Lecture material is augmented by case-based exercises designed to develop pharmacotherapy decision making skills.I 3 s.h.
PA-626. Pharmacotherapeutics III. This course is a continuation of PA 625 and teaches pharmacotherapy by presenting the rationale for treatments as well as the recommended treatment plans for a specific range of disease processes, symptoms and conditions in sequence with body system topics within PA 616 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine III. Students will continue to learn how to individualize medication regimens based on clinical evidence, comorbidities, drug mechanism of action, drug safety, monitoring parameters, and treatment cost. Lecture material is augmented by case-based exercises designed to develop pharmacotherapy decision making skills. 2 s.h.
PA-627. Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Applications I. This course will focus on clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the physician assistant in primary care practice. Students will participate in clinical and simulated-patient experiences with emphasis on therapeutic communication, medical history, and the physical exam. Prerequisite: Human Anatomy and Human Physiology and Basic Pathophysiologic Concepts. 2 s.h.
PA-628. Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Applications II. This course builds clinical skills needed to negotiate the clinical year successfully. Skills to be learned this semester will be multiple and include: surgical knot-tying, suturing, orthopedic splinting, passage of NG tubes, cerumen and foreign body removal from ear and nose, operating room procedures, lumbar puncture, arthrocentesis, diagnostic ultrasound, I & D of abscesses, treatment of ingrown toenails, subungual hematoma evacuation, cryosurgery, IV line placement, local and topical anesthesia techniques, peripheral nerve blocks, removal of corneal and conjunctival foreign body, tonometry, nasal packing, ABG collection, bladder catheterization, pulmonary function testing, treatment of Bartholin’s cyst/abscess, pap smear screening, inguinal hernia reduction, STD screening, treatment of nursemaid’s elbow, IM, SQ and intradermal injections and pre-school children oral health assessment and fluoride varnish application. You will do physical exams on hospitalized patients with internal medicine resident supervision and critique/instruction. You will all participate in an OR experience. Prerequisite: Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Application I 2 s.h.
PA-630. Bioethics. This course introduces key concepts related to medical law, ethics and bioethics and uses a case based approach to explore the central moral, philosophical, and social problems in health care. Students reflect on the relationships among moral, professional and legal obligations of physician assistants, including those involving honesty, and respect for patient well-being, autonomy, dignity and confidentiality. 1 s.h.
PA-632. Principles of Pharmacology. This course introduces the pharmacologic principles and concepts which are paramount to making sound pharmacotherapeutic decisions. The course explores how medications are delivered to the body, how they are eliminated from the body and how they work in the body. Key concepts include mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, drug targets, pharmaceutical math, drug toxicity and drug interactions. Lecture material is augmented by case‐based exercises designed to develop pharmacotherapy decision making skills. There will also be a review of microbiology to refamiliarize students with common, clinically relevant organisms that cause disease as well as an introduction to antibiotics. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program 2 s.h.
PA-633. International Physician Assistant Practice. This course is designed to expose the student to PA practice in other nations, with a focus on investigating the similarities and differences between practice in the United States and other nations. Students will interact with PA students from the host program(s), participate in PA education in the host system, and explore aspects of the health care system in the country selected for study. 1 s.h.
PA-640. Public Health. This course is designed specifically for the PA student and will provide a general understanding of the principles and practice of public health; the intersection between public health, epidemiology and medicine; and the importance of screening and prevention in public health. 2 s.h.
PA-643. Human Physiology & Basic Pathophysiologic Concepts. This course provides an in depth discussion of normal human physiology which builds upon prerequisite coursework. Course topics, where applicable, will be integrated with PA 606 - Human Anatomy. In addition, the following basic pathophysiologic concepts will be discussed in preparation for the subsequent integrated medicine and pathophysiology curricula. 3 s.h.
PA-646. Pediatrics. This course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge base regarding General Pediatrics. The student will be able to later apply this knowledge clinically in the evaluation and treatment of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. 1 s.h.
PA-651. Geriatrics. This course provides the students with a broad overview of challenges unique to caring for our aging population. The purpose of this course is to facilitate students’ ability to provide quality geriatric care and to increase their awareness of the physical and psychosocial issues facing a rapidly expanding older population. 1 s.h.
PA-652. Principles of Emergency Medicine. The course introduces the fundamental principles of emergency medicine practice. Initial, life-saving and stabilizing interventions for the critically ill and seriously injured as well as common presenting conditions to the emergency department are presented. Students will also be certified in Basic and Advanced Life Support. 2 s.h.
PA-653. Principles of Surgical Care. This course introduces surgical care and techniques. Topics covered include wound healing, pre- and post-operative management and specifics of surgical management of body systems. 2 s.h.
PA-654. Diagnostic Medicine I. This course provides instruction in basic and applied laboratory and radiologic studies. The topics will align with the module topics of PA 614 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I. Prerequisites: co-enrollment in PA 614 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I 2s.h.
PA-655. Diagnostic Medicine II. This course is a continuation of Diagnostic Medicine I and provides instruction in basic and applied laboratory and radiologic studies. The topics will align with the module topics of PA 615 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine II and PA 616 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine III. Prerequisites: PA 654 Diagnostic Medicine I. 2 s.h.
PA-662. Pathophysiology I. This course reviews the basic physiologic regulatory mechanisms responsible for maintenance of homeostasis in the normal human and introduces the pathophysiologic alterations which occur in these mechanisms leading to specific disease processes. It also presents a molecular and genetic basic of disease, and it provides clinical correlations which support concurrent coursework involving the treatment of disease. Understanding the mechanisms of disease is essential in the role of the physician assistant. Prerequisites: PA 643. 3 s.h.
PA-663. Pathophysiology II. This course will build on the knowledge gained in PA-662, reviewing the basic physiologic regulatory mechanisms responsible for maintenance of homeostasis in the normal human and introduces the pathophysiologic alterations which occur in these mechanisms leading to specific disease processes. It focuses on organ systems including respiratory, circulatory, renal, GI and endocrine, providing clinical correlations which support concurrent coursework involving the treatment of disease.3 s.h.
PA-690. Graduate Project I. This three-credit course sequence will be scheduled as follows: PA-690 Graduate Project I, Spring and PA-691 Graduate Project II during the didactic year and during the Fall of the clinical year of the program. The outcome for the graduate project is for the student to develop a physician assistant practice-oriented project wherein he/she employs the principles of evidence-based practice by integrating current published medical research. In consultation with a faculty member the student will develop a clinically relevant question and/or community project. The student will be required to present his/her graduate project to the faculty and the PA program and the College of Health Professions community at the conclusion of the course.1 s.h.
PA-691. Graduate Project II. 1 s.h.
PA-692. Graduate Project III. 1 s.h.
PA-695. Research Methods for Health Professionals. This course will introduce the Physician Assistant student to the research process as informed consumers and potential future participants in research. Topics covered include the characteristics of a research study, methods of control in experimental research, internal and external validity, experimental research designs, evaluation of research, statistics and test construction. Also addressed are scientific writing, strategies for conducting literature searches, research ethics and elements of a research proposal. 3 s.h.
The Clinical Year
The clinical year begins after successful completion of all the didactic courses. Students participate in a variety of clinical rotations at various medical institutions during the final year of their PA education at MUSC. A student earns one credit per one week of clinical learning experience. Students are required to attend a minimum of 40 hours a week at the clinical site and be on call, work shifts and weekends depending on the type of medical service or facility. Each year, a calendar is developed that provides for individual student clinical learning modules that are ordinarily five weeks in length. Required clinical training will include experiences in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Women’s Health, Primary Care Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and Mental Health. The student is provided one elective rotation in a primary care area of medicine of their suggestion, and when approved, the elective is provided during an appropriate semester.
The following is a listing of second year clinical learning experiences offered, during which the student assimilates the requisite clinical knowledge and patient experience to be a competent member of the professional healthcare team.
PA 670, 672, 674, 676, 678, 679, 680, 682, 685. Clinical Rotation I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and Clinical Rotation Elective. Nine supervised, five-week clinical courses provide students with hands-on clinical experience and evaluation into the medical and surgical care for pediatric and adult patients. Students are actively engaged in the delivery of care in inpatient, and outpatient settings. The rotation experiences offer training in seven distinct disciplines, which are family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, women's health (includes obstetrics and gynecology), mental health, emergency medicine, and general surgery. In addition, students are provided one additional core elective rotation in family medicine, internal medicine, women's health, pediatrics, or a sub-speciality.
The students evaluate medical and surgical patients to monitor their daily progress. This enhances their ability to obtain a medical history and to perform a physical exam. Furthermore, the students learn to correlate this information with the patient's physiological and biochemical data in order to formulate an assessment to develop a management plan.
Students are also given opportunities to develop skills and demonstrate competency in performing and interpreting certain medical procedures and tasks. Rounding on hospitalized patients, and an orientation to the intensive care unit, grand rounds and medical conferences may be required of students. In certain settings, there are opportunities to work with a variety of house staff or related health professionals to gain a broader understanding of interprofessional healthcare delivery and use of medical technologies. Students also receive instruction and evaluation in professional competencies including relating to colleagues, communicating with patients, understanding the PA role and limitations, self confidence, reliability, dependability, attitude and appearance. 5 s.h. each.
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