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: 4 semester hours
Course Directors: Katherine Erdman
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: Vicki Waters
Course Coordinator: Michael Anderson, Edith Wong
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

PA Summative Evaluation (PAEA End of Curriculum Examination + Clinical Skills Assessment + Professionalism Evaluation + CFM Preceptor Practice Readiness Assessment) (PASUM 70700) 

This four-component summative evaluation serves to meet the accreditation-required summative evaluation in the last four months of the Program. The summative evaluation includes the PAEA End of Curriculum exam, a case-based comprehensive written exam as well as a Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA).  In addition, a summative Professionalism Evaluation (PROF) and Practice Readiness Evaluation (PPR) are completed by faculty and clinical preceptors.  Performance on the Summative Evaluation (SE) is used to judge the student’s readiness to enter clinical. 

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




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