University of Holy Cross

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

PA PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Fall (1)

(MPA 510) Gross Anatomy w/ Lab.  

Study of basic gross and functional anatomy in an organ-system approach. Course covers cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, nervous, musculoskeletal, special senses, lymphatic, endocrine and integument systems by lecture, laboratory and independent learning activities. The laboratory utilizes models, histology slides, radiographic images, and virtual anatomy software

(MPA 511) Human Physiology

Study of the physiological function of the cell and organ systems with introduction to pathophysiology of disease in the systems.  Systems include cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, nervous, musculoskeletal, special senses, lymphatic, endocrine and integument. Course topics will correlate with the topics presented in PA Gross Anatomy.

(MPA 512) Clinical Pharmacology

Study of the physiologic and biochemical aspects of the major classes of pharmacological agents. Brief overview of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of pharmacology. Major concepts involve drug classification, mechanism of action, absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and dose-response relationships of the different drug classes. Major drug interactions and adverse effects of specific classes will be covered.

(MPA 505) Techniques of Physical Assessment w/ lab

An introduction to clinical medicine. Course includes eliciting a medical history; performing physical examination; reviewing anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of common diseases; and differentiating between normal and abnormal physical exam findings. A physical examination skills laboratory will be held weekly to permit students to practice history and physical exam techniques. Students will also experience patient encounters throughout the semester in which they will elicit a medical history from patients in an inpatient or outpatient setting and then appropriately document and orally present the patient findings.

 

(MPA 506) Patient History

Course emphasizes interviewing techniques and interpersonal communication skills across the life span with emphasis on cultural diversity issues. Standardized patients will be utilized to enhance student interviewing skills.

 

(MPA 501) Physician Assistant Practice 1

Application-based introduction to concepts of physician assistant profession.  Topics to include: history of physician assistant profession, physician assistant organizations, accreditation, the health care team, documentation, oral presentations, professionalism, and ethical issues.

Spring

(MPA 513) Immunology and Infectious Disease

This course will include a brief overview of the microbiological and immunological aspects of medicine. Topics will include normal flora, organism classification and transmission, and pathogenesis of infection of microbial pathogens, cell-mediated and humeral immunity, hypersensitivity reactions, and immune-mediated diseases. It is also designed to help students develop and apply foundational medical knowledge in infectious disease utilized daily in the Physician Assistant Profession. Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases. Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the infectious disease topic being covered in the lectures.

 

(MPA 514) Hematogy-Oncology

The Hematology/Oncology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the Hematology/Oncology topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 515) Pulmonology

The Pulmonology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the Pulmonology topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 516) Cardiology

The cardiology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the cardiology topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 517) Gastroenterology

The Gastroenterology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the Gastroenterology topic being covered in the lectures. 

(MPA 518) GU/Nephrology

The Genitourinary/Renal course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the Genitourinary/Renal topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 502) Physician Assistant Practice 2

Continuation of professional practice for the physician assistant profession.  Topics include documentation, safety, patient education, disease prevention, cultural issues, ethical issues and specific health care settings.

 

Summer

(MPA 519) Dermatology

The Dermatology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the Dermatology topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 520) Endocrinology

The endocrinology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Patient cases correlate with the endocrinology topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 521) EENT

The Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat (EENT) course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories correlate with the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat (EENT) topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 522) Neurology

The Neurology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the neurology topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 523) Human Genetics

Introduction to medical genetics.  Topics include rules of inheritance, human pedigrees, chromosomal abnormalities, genetic disease, genetic screening and counseling, and pharmacogenetics.

 

(MPA 524) Ortho/Rheum

The Orthopedics/Rheumatology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the Orthopedics/Rheumatology topic being covered in the lectures. 

 

(MPA 525) Women’s Health

The Obstetrics/Gynecology course is the foundational principles of clinical medicine covered in a discipline-based approach.  The course reviews anatomy and physiology of the specific system.  Instruction covers pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, prognosis, nutrition, pharmacotherapeutics, and management of specific common diseases.  Clinical procedural laboratories and patient cases correlate with the Obstetrics/Gynecology topic being covered in the lectures. 


(MPA 545) EBM 1

Introduction to utilizing the best available evidence in current medicine in addition to clinical experience to more effectively manage patients.  Topics will include a brief overview of clinical epidemiology, research design, biostatistics, formulating a clinical question, database searching, and interpretation of medical studies.

 

(MPA 503) Physician Assistant Practice 3

Continuation of professional practice course for the physician assistant profession.  Topics include documentation, safety, patient education, disease prevention, cultural issues, ethical issues and specific health care settings

Fall 2

(MPA 526) Surgical Medicine

Course involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the surgical patient. The course addresses pre and post-op management, common surgical procedures and complications, indications and contraindications, surgical techniques and instruments, sterile technique, operating room protocol, anesthesia, and an introduction to the surgical subspecialties.

 

(MPA 527) Geriatric Care

An advanced medicine course that emphasizes geriatric medicine emphasizing etiology, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of medical conditions specific for the life-span. 

 

(MPA 528) Pediatrics

An advanced medicine course that emphasizes pediatric medicine and emphasizes etiology, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of medical conditions specific for the life-span. 

 

(MPA 529) Hospital Medicine

The hospital medicine course covers inpatient and critical care medicine. Instruction addresses critical care medicine, inpatient documentation, mechanical ventilation, nosocomial infections, nutritional concerns, and specific inpatient situation not addressed in the medicine courses.

 

(MPA 530) Behavioral Health/Psych

Study of psychological and behavioral medical conditions.  Course addresses the signs and symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral disorders. Also includes conducting a psychiatric interview, classifying disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, sleep disorders, abuse and neglect, death and dying, childhood disorders, psychological testing, psychological therapy, and pharmacological agents.

 

(MPA 531) Emergency Medicine

Presentation, diagnosis, and management of trauma and acute care patients who present to the emergency department.  Topics involve multiple trauma, shock, wound management, environmental injuries, toxicology, orthopedic injuries, acute general medical and surgical diseases, pain control, emergency procedures, bioterrorism, and disaster medicine. Course also covers emergent conditions in cardiology, respiratory, pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics, endocrinology, and hematology and oncology.

 

(MPA 546) EBM 2

Study of utilizing the best available evidence in current medicine in addition to clinical experience to more effectively manage patients. Course builds on the foundation established in the first EBM course and utilizes a journal club approach to emphasize the application of EBM principles

 

(MPA 547) Ethics in Clinical Practice

Introduction to ethical issues that occur in clinical medicine.  Topics include informed consent, confidentiality, nonmaleficence and beneficence, patient decision-making capacity, futile intervention, advance directives, end-of-life issues, assisted suicide, abortion, human research, and health care provider issues.  Special topics in surgery, pediatrics and women’s health are also covered.

 

(MPA 504) Physician Assistant Practice 4

Continuation of professional practice for the Physician Assistant profession.  Topics include practice and prescriptive laws, reimbursement, malpractice, certification and licensure, health care resources, HIPAA guidelines, and specific health care settings.

 

SCPE’s:

MPA 601 FAMILY MEDICINE ROTATION

Clinical experience focuses on the clinical aspects of family practice/primary care.   Students will participate in history taking, performing physical exams, developing differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, designing prevention and management plans, and documenting common medical conditions observed in the family practice setting.  Students will have exposure to a variety of primary care procedures.  Emphasis will be placed on caring for patients across the life-span to include infants, children, adolescent, adults and seniors. 

 

MPA 602 INTERNAL MEDICINE ROTATION

Clinical experience focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic inpatient medical conditions. Students will perform complete inpatient history and physical exams, assist with consultations, and evaluate and manage hospitalized patients from admission to discharge. Students will be taught how to perform and interpret diagnostic tests commonly utilized in inpatient medicine and to perform common clinical hospital procedures.  Students will also be involved with inpatient hospital documentation to include the admission summary, history and physical examination, daily progress note, consultation note, and discharge summary.

 

MPA 603 SURGICAL MEDICINE ROTATION

Emphasis of this course is on the clinical evaluation, diagnosis and surgical management of patients in the general surgery setting.  Students will participate in pre-operative and post-operative patient care, outpatient evaluation of surgical candidates, surgical inpatient management, assisting with surgical techniques and cases, and documentation specific to surgical patients. Students will be exposed to common surgical procedures and the description, indications, contraindications, and complications of each.  Students will also participate in interpreting diagnostic tests utilized in the general surgical environment and in understanding operating room protocol.

 

MPA 604 EMERGENCY MEDICINE ROTATION

Clinical evaluation, diagnosis and management of acute medical and trauma conditions that present to the emergency department.  Students will participate in triaging patients, performing problem-focused history and physical examinations, developing differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, and designing management plans for patients presenting to an emergency setting.  Focus will also be on performing emergency procedures, recognizing life-threating medical conditions, assisting with resuscitation efforts, and interpreting diagnostic tests specific to the emergency medicine setting.

 

MPA 605 PEDIATRIC MEDICINE ROTATION

Clinical experience in an outpatient and inpatient (if available) pediatric setting. Students will participate in the care of patients ranging from neonates to adolescents through well-child and sick-child office visits. Focus of experience is recognizing the clinical presentation of common pediatric medical problems, developing differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, and designing management plans for these patients. Other areas of focus include clinical application of drug dosing, immunizations, growth and developmental milestones, common diagnostic procedures, nutritional assessment, and documentation and communication with parents and pediatric patients.

 

MPA 606 WOMEN’S HEALTH ROTATION

Clinical experience in women's healthcare. Emphasis will be on eliciting and performing the gynecological history and physical examination, screening techniques, diagnostic procedures, management plans, and contraceptive counseling and management. Focus will also be on pre-natal and post-natal care, menstrual abnormalities, infertility, sexuality issues, menopause and sexually transmitted diseases.

 

MPA 607 BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE ROTATION

Clinical experience that introduces students to a variety of behavioral medicine and psychological conditions in an outpatient and/or inpatient setting.  Students will participate in psychiatric interviews and physical examinations, individual and group psychological counseling, development of management strategies for the psychiatric patients and interpretation of diagnostic and psychological testing. Focus of experience will be in recognizing psychiatric medical conditions through clinical presentation and the psychiatric interview.

 

MPA 608 ELECTIVE ROTATION

Clinical experience that introduces students to a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings.  Students will participate in patient interviews and physical examinations, development of patient management strategies, and the interpretation of diagnostic testing.  The focus of the experience will be on recognizing common rotation specific medical conditions through clinical presentation and the physical exam findings.

 

MPA 609 CAPSTONE PROJECT  

Course focuses on applying evidence-based medicine principles to a patient case study.  The emphasis of the project will be on formulating a clinical question, summarizing background information about the medical topic, conducting an extensive literature search about the topic, and critiquing journal articles on the topic.  The goal of the project is to answer the clinical question utilizing current research and guidelines, and then apply it to the patient case or research. This is partially an independent study course with required written assignments due at scheduled intervals throughout the clinical curriculum phase of the program.  The course will conclude with a classroom portion in which an oral presentation of the project utilizing presentation slides, a written EBM paper, and a written journal article for potential submission will be required for course completion.

 

 

 

 

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