School of Health Professions

PA Program Integration Core Descriptions


Community Family Medicine (PACFM-78731)

This applied integration core rotation provides an exposure to the principles and practices of community-oriented primary care with an emphasis on disease prevention and health maintenance patients across the lifespan to include infants, children, adolescents, adults and elderly as well as the opportunity to further techniques in history taking, physical examination, and health behavior counseling. Students also gain insight to the socio-environmental factors effecting the provision of healthcare services.

Credit: 8 semester hours
Course Directors: Elissa Love
Course Offered: Fall 3

Geriatric Medicine (PAGER-74721)

This integration rotation provides an opportunity to apply knowledge of the physiological, behavioral, psychological and sociological changes associated with aging to the multidimensional assessment of elderly individuals. The student acts as a member of an interdisciplinary team of health professionals managing disorders common to older individuals with particular attention to the maintenance of autonomy across alternative care settings.

Credit: 4 semester hours
Course Directors: Angela Catic, Michael Anderson and Vicki Waters
Course Offered: Fall 2, Spring 2, and Fall 3

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PAPMR-74781)

This clinical core rotation emphasizes medical rehabilitation in the adult population to enhance maintenance of independence in daily personal care and ambulatory household and community activities. It is designed to enable the student to develop skills in the examination of the spine and extremities; develop knowledge of basic kinesiology and biomechanics; and to begin to understand techniques of dynamic assessment. The student will perform comprehensive exams of the neurologic, muscular and skeletal system in young, mature and older adults while learning about the unique aspects of medical care of persons with major trauma, traumatic brain injury, amputation, and spinal cord injury.

Credit: 4 semester hours
Course Directors: Kathleen Thompson
Course Offered: Fall 3

Practice Readiness Assessment (PAPRE 70700)
The two-part PRE is comprehensive exam designed to assess the student’s ability to recognize the clinical manifestations of illness and injury using case vignettes and standardized patients. The vignettes cover the major body systems and encompass acute and chronic health problems seen in children and adults. The cases are accompanied by color photographs that present a range of diagnostic study findings that require interpretation. The patient scenarios are used to assess the student’s ability to select and perform components of the physical exam pertinent to the differential evaluation and management of a clinical problem. Performance on the PRE is used to judge the student’s readiness to enter clinical practice.

Credit: None
Course Director: Vicki Waters
Course Offered: Fall 3, Term 6C




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