Course Descriptions: Phase 3

Phase III (16 Weeks)

Behavioral Medicine

The course will present an introduction to the neurobiological, psychobiological, emotional, social, and cultural influences on health and illness in the practice of primary care medicine. Personality, sexual, emotional, and behavioral development across the lifespan including end of life issues will be reviewed.  Normative and maladaptive responses to developmental tasks and life stressors in relation to physical and emotional health will be emphasized. Principles of violence, identification and prevention will be examined.  Instruction and practice in basic counseling skills for patient health care management and implementation of healthier lifestyle practices will be an important focus throughout the course.   

3 Credit Hours


Physical Examination Skills II

This sequenced course is designed to instruct students in the art and science of performing a comprehensive and focused physical examination and build on the physical examination skills that were presented in Physical Exam Skills I (PESI). Physical examination techniques and developing an orderly approach to performing a complete physical examination. Differentiation between a screening and indications for more focused physical examination will be taught. Instruction on the use of medical instruments including a stethoscope, reflex hammer, oto-ophthalmoscope, and tuning fork will be conducted. Students will be instructed and required to adequately document the physical examination as part of the medical record. This course will challenge the student to integrate the skills learned in PESI and take them to higher complexity levels. Didactic lecture, small-group practice and discussion, and team-based learning approaches will be utilized.

3 Credit Hours



This course introduces PA Students to the principles of radiological imaging. Students will learn about conventional x-ray, computerized tomography, angiography, sonography, fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, and radioisotope scanning using a problem-solving approach. Common pathologic processes are introduced and compared to normal studies. Small-group sessions are focused on the chest, abdomen, pelvis, skull & orbit, head & neck, and musculoskeletal system.

1 Credit Hours



Clinical Skills II

This course is an extension of Clinical Skills I and will include refinement of skills previously learned. Usage of clinical skills related to specific disease states will be taught. Procedural and additional technical skills will be instructed. Instruction will include, lectures, live demonstration, team oriented learning, and Objective Specific Clinical Education (OSCE) scenarios will be taught utilizing the patient simulation center.

2 Credit Hours


Patient Communication Skills II

This course is designed to allow students to build on the medical communication skills that were presented in Communication in Medicine I. Students will continue to improve their competency in the areas of verbal communication, non-verbal communication, and medical writing skills. Patient education and counseling skills will be presented. Communication is a core component in the practice of medicine and it is critical that medical providers become proficient at this task. This course will challenge the student to integrate the skills learned in CIM I and take them to higher complexity levels. There will be significant emphasis placed on communication necessary for interdisciplinary care. The skills learned in this course will be integrated into the clinical curriculum, thereby allowing the student to become more familiar with medical communication. Students are given opportunities to carry out case presentations in small groups in preparation for the clinical phase of their education.


2 Credit Hours


Adult Clinical Medicine II

The second in a two course series which will address the etiology, epidemiology, clinical signs and symptoms, physical exam findings, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for:  EKG, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease.

6 Credit Hours


Pediatric Clinical Medicine II

Pediatric Clinical Medicine II will build on the concepts introduced in Pediatric Clinical Medicine I.  The digestive system, infectious disease, nephrology and urology, orthopedics, rheumatic diseases of childhood, hematology and oncology will be discussed as well as medications used in pediatric practice, their indications, contraindications, and dosage in relation to specific disorders.

3 Credit Hours


Medical Ethics

This course is designed to introduce PA students to the main concepts and practices in medical ethics.  Four areas of medical ethics are examined: professional ethics, clinical ethics, medical research ethics, and ethics in relation to selected aspects of medical law.  In the area of professional ethics, emphasis will be placed on the ethical obligations of a professional practitioner to patients in clinical practice. In clinical ethics, current ethical issues in clinical practice will be reviewed.  Additionally, students will be introduced to a structured approach for identifying, analyzing and resolving ethical issues in clinical medicine.  The interaction of medical law and medical ethics will be examined particularly in relation to patient rights and protections in clinical practice, medical practice acts, professional liability and medical malpractice. The Medical Research Ethics portion of the course will focus on applied medical ethics in clinical, research and community environments. Course activities include both seminar instruction and clinical scenarios. Through active engagement with ethical issues in seminars, readings, and clinical scenarios, students will develop applied problem-solving skills, and leadership skills in clinical and research ethics, as well as enhancing their ethical sensitivity to clinical encounters of all kinds.


1 Credit Hour