PA 539 Patient Assessment II
In this course, the student will build on the knowledge and foundational skills and techniques learned in Physician Assistant 537 Patient History and Communication and Physician Assistant 538 Patient Assessment I in the performance of a thorough physical examination and medical history. The student will integrate the knowledge obtained in Physician Assistant 530 Clinical Medicine I with laboratory sessions emphasizing the proper use of diagnostic equipment and technique for performing a comprehensive physical examination. The course topics will include the male/female examination, the psychiatric exam, admitting a patient to the hospital, discharging a patient, daily notes, discharge summaries, prescription writing, presenting a patient to an attending, and patient education.
During the course, integration of the student’s knowledge of the structure and function of the human body is coupled with laboratory sessions emphasizing the proper use of diagnostic equipment and techniques for performing a comprehensive physical examination.
The following will be used to facilitate the learning process: lectures, assigned readings, case presentations, and lab sessions. In this course, the student will have the opportunity to continue to develop competence in taking histories, practicing SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) notes, formulating a differential diagnoses, creating effective management plans, performing physical examinations and patient education.
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