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Pre-Clinical Coursework

Skills for clinical practice are presented in Quarters 1-4.  These courses occur in sequence with the Core Medicine content of each quarter.  The components of the skills for clinical practice are:

  • Social and behavior sciences relevant to patient interview
  • History-taking
  • Physical exam techniques
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, medical decision-making
  • Technical procedures (such as phlebotomy, suturing, applying splints)
 

Professionalism is taught throughout the curriculum in dedicated courses, with the following emphases by quarter:

  • The history of the PA profession, professional practice issues, laws and regulations affecting the PA practice, components of professionalism, PA scope of practice, and medical ethics
  • PA certification and licensure requirements
  • Overview of health care delivery systems and health policy
  • Preparation for practice topics including quality improvement, risk management, reimbursement, documentation, coding and billing
 

Cultural Medicine includes the following:

  • Cross-cultural issues in PA practice, culturally competent health care, health literacy, models of assessing provider and patient health beliefs, and working with interpreters
  • Health disparities and their effect on health care delivery