Phase V

Phase V-Clinical Rotations (12 Months)


Required Clinical Rotations (12 months)

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics (8 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (Behavioral Health)
  • Men’s Health
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology/Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Urology

Clinical Rotation/Clerkships- Elective Descriptions

Psychiatry/Behavioral Health Clerkship  

Four-week clinical experience in outpatient and/or inpatient psychiatry, geared to the anticipated role of a physician assistant.  Students have the opportunity to initiate patient evaluation, learn to do psychiatric interviews, assess mental status, develop a working diagnosis and tentative medical management plan, make referral to a physician or community agency, and learn follow-up management with the treating physician or agency.

4 Credit Hours


Internal Medicine Clerkship

Four-week rotation in which the student will learn many of the common disease states seen in an Internal Medicine practice. In addition, the indications, limitations, and methods of performing the necessary diagnostic procedures and therapeutic measures used in the treatment of general medicine disorders are reviewed.  Patient problems and conditions as experienced in the outpatient clinic and/or the hospital ward are covered in this course.  Through the collection and acquisition of historical, physical, and laboratory data, the student develops an understanding of patient evaluation and treatment under preceptor supervision.

8 Credit Hours


Pediatric Clerkship

Four-week clinical experience in which the student will have many learning opportunities in the outpatient clinic and/or inpatient ward under the supervision of a community-based pediatrician and/or pediatric Physician Assistant.  The student will learn to manage various acute and chronic childhood illnesses and learn to evaluate normal variations of growth and development by participating in the outpatient clinic.

4 Credit Hours


Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship

Four-week clinical experience studying a broad spectrum of common obstetric and gynecological problems.  During this clerkship, the management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery including prenatal, natal, and postnatal complications is taught.  The student is responsible for taking obstetrical histories, performing obstetrical physical examinations, and following patients through labor, delivery, and the early postpartum period.  The student is exposed to methods and programs relating to cancer detection, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception.  Learning to take gynecologically oriented patient histories and perform complete and accurate gynecological examinations is required.

4 Credit Hours


Surgery Clerkship

Four-week rotation during which students learn about surgical patients and the surgical service.  Students participate in the care of the patients on the wards, during the preoperative phase, in the operating room, and during their postoperative follow-up.  At the end of the four weeks they are expected to understand the course of surgical illness, to be able to conduct themselves appropriately in the operating room and to have gained the skills commensurate with care of the surgical patient including intravenous access, suturing, and other appropriate procedures as required by the clerkship preceptor.

4 Credit Hours


Family Medicine Clerkship

Six-week clinical experience under the supervision of a community-based primary care physician and/or Physician Assistant designed to acquaint the student with those aspects of the practice of medicine unique to the community setting.  The student works with the preceptor in the hospital, the office, long-term care facilities, and all other areas where the preceptor works.  In the hospital the student makes rounds with the preceptor and assists him in fulfilling his inpatient responsibilities.  In the office the student learns about management procedures in a private practice and helps the preceptor by providing services consonant with his individual background and clinical training. Students will observe the team practice concept of health care. Some home health care clinical training is available.

4 Credit Hours


Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Four-week clerkship that presents the student with opportunities to deal with a variety of common medical emergencies under the supervision of Emergency Department physicians and staff.  The student learns to collect and integrate information regarding the emergency patient.  Management of trauma, drug overdose, cardiac life support, and common illnesses and injuries seen in an emergency care setting are emphasized.

4 Credit Hours


Geriatric Clerkship

Six-week clerkship is designed to provide students with a geriatric-specific clinical experience.  The fundamental principles of geriatric medicine will be explored by providing opportunities for exposure to the various aspects of restorative and rehabilitative care, interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of geriatric health services, and an examination of the primary care PA role and responsibility in the long-term care system.  There is a specific focus on interactions with older adults, decision making as it effects the well-being of patients, and the strengths and weaknesses of the referral system.

8 Credit Hours


Urology Clerkship

Four-week rotation during which students learn about urology patients and the urological service. Students participate in the care of the patients (adult and pediatric) in the clinic, on the wards, in the operating room, and during their postoperative follow-up. At the end of the four weeks they are expected to understand the course of urological illness, be able to conduct themselves appropriately in the operating room and to have gained the skills commensurate with care of the urology patient including intravenous access, placement of catheters, and other appropriate procedures as required by the clerkship preceptor.

4 Credit Hours


Men’s Health Clerkship

Four-week rotation during which students learn about health issues unique to men. Students participate in the evaluation and management of men’s health issues including sexual dysfunction, cardio-metabolic disease, hormone disorders, and urologic disease. Students will predominately see patients in the outpatient clinical setting. They will perform specific examinations and procedures unique to the evaluation of male specific disease. At the end of the four weeks, students will gain further knowledge of the relationship of male sexual dysfunction, chronic disease, and its impact on the overall health and well-being of male health. Students will also gain understanding of the integrative approach to the care and management of disease unique to men.

4 Credit Hours


End of Curriculum Summative

This course is designed to assist students in preparation for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and assess their readiness to graduate and enter clinical practice. A component of the course is the End of Curriculum Summative exam composed of a medical knowledge exam and four objective structured clinical experiences (OSCE). These are designed to satisfy the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) requirement for a comprehensive summative examination of s student’s medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, patient care skills and professionalism.

2 Credit Hours


Research II

This course is the second of two sequenced courses designed to introduce PA students to clinical medicine and its applications to clinical decision making through concepts and principles of evidence-based medicine.  Additionally, the course will provide the student with the skills to complete a written research project through the investigation of a clinical topic utilizing the medical literature. Searching, interpreting and critically evaluating the medical literature and its application to patient care in order to promote evidence-based clinical practice will be emphasized.

1 Credit Hours