Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

April 15, 2003

 

Members Present:         Barbara Eide, Thomas Krueger, Jonathan Majak, Carol Angell, Bradley Seebach, Joel Elgin, Mark Kelley, Steve Simpson, Susan (Boon) Murray, Kasilingham Periyasamy

 

Members Absent:          Robert Krajewski, Patricia Wilder (exc), Carey O’Kelly

 

Consultants:                  Greg Wegner, Ron Rada, Charles Martin-Stanley, Daniel Duquette, Diane Schumacher

 

Guests:   Mark Zellmer, Carol McCoy

 

1.             M/S/P to approve minutes of April 1, 2003.

 

2.             Second Readings: None

 

3.             First Readings:

 

Proposal #12, SPE 561, Clinical in Special Education, change from 1 to 2 credits effective Fall 2003.

 

Department had miscalculated credits originally. Students are in schools three days per week, four hours per day for five weeks.  M/S/P to approve the proposal on the first reading.

 

Proposal #13, Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, new 105 cr. program effective Summer 2004, new courses as follows:

 

The PA program represents a partnership of UW-L, the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation of La Crosse and the Mayo Foundation in Rochester, MN. The graduate-level professional curriculum is 24 months in length and involves classes on the campuses of all three partner institutions. The curriculum includes a 12-month preclinical year consisting primarily of classroom and laboratory activities. A 12-month clinical year follows and involves rotations in a variety of clinical specialties. These clinical experiences are provided primarily using Mayo, Gundersen Lutheran and other practice sites in western Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

 

Upon completion of all degree requirements, students are awarded a master of science degree from UW-L and a certificate of completion from the program's institutional partnership. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) To be licensed for practice graduates must also pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

 

Admissions

 

The rigor and intensity of the program, and the level of skills and responsibility necessary for practice as a physician assistant, require the program to accept candidates who have demonstrated a strong academic background along with excellent interpersonal skills and maturity. Prior health care experience is expected as an indicator of a career commitment suitable to clinical practice. The program's admission process considers each applicant's strengths, and selects for admission those best qualified to meet the program's mission. Application to the program is very competitive with a class of 12 students accepted annually.

 

 

 


 

Prerequisite Requirements

 

Degree:  An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Academic Aptitude:  A minimum cumulative GPA on all post-high school courses of 3.00 calculated on a 4-point scale.  A minimum science (as defined by CASPA[1]) GPA of 3.00.  Submission of GRE scores is required.  GRE scores are used as another measure of academic aptitude along with GPA.  Thus, there is no minimum required score.

Course prerequisites (Course numbers shown in parentheses are UW-L course numbers):

Biology:  At least 15 sem hrs of biology in the following areas including at least two lab courses:

·          Anatomy and Physiology:  1 sem of human anatomy AND 1 sem of human physiology; OR a 2 sem sequence of combined human anatomy (BIO 312 & 313) which must be at the 200/sophomore level or above.  Though vertebrate and mammalian anatomy & physiology are acceptable, human anatomy and physiology is strongly preferred.  (Note:  BIO 103 or 105, and CHM 103 are prerequisites for BIO 312.)

·          Microbiology:  1 sem of microbiology (MIC 230) at the 200/sophomore level or above (Note:  BIO 103 or 105, and CHM 103 are prerequisites for MIC 230.)

·          Health related upper division biological science:  1 sem of any of the following at the 300/junior level or above:  Genetics (BIO 306 or 466), immunology (MIC 406), vertebrate/mammalian embryology (BIO 408), endocrinology (BIO 424), histology, pathophysiology (BIO 443), neuroscience (BIO 465), parasitology (BIO 406), mycology (BIO 413), or biology of cancer (BIO 432).

Chemistry:  A minimum of 12 sem hrs of chemistry including the following courses, at least two of which must include a laboratory:

·          General Chemistry:  1 sem of General or Introductory Chemistry (CHM 103 or 104; Note:  both CHM 103 and 104 are required to take CHM 300 or CHM 303.)

·          Organic Chemistry:  1 sem of Organic Chemistry (CHM 300 or CHM 303 & 304) at the 200/sophomore level or above

·          Biochemistry:  1 sem of Biochemistry (CHM 325 or CHM 417 & 418) at the 300 (junior) level or above. Molecular (BIO 435) or cellular biology (BIO 315) at the 300 level or above is an acceptable alternative.

Mathematics:  A minimum of two semesters of Mathematics including: 

·          Pre-calculus/Calculus:  1 sem of College Algebra with Trigonometry or Pre-calculus (MTH 151) or Calculus (MTH 207)

·          Statistics:  1 sem of Statistics (MTH 145, 250 or 305)

Psychology:  A minimum of one semester of general, introductory, developmental or abnormal psychology (PSY 100, 210, 212, 304, 310, 311, or 312)

Health Care Experience:  Prior direct patient care health experience is expected.  Such experience provides evidence of a career commitment to healthcare as a PA.  In the program’s competitive admission process, the length and depth of healthcare experience is a selection factor.

Technical Standards of Performance:  Applicants must also meet the program’s Technical Standards of Performance in the areas of Observation, Communication, Motor Function, Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Ability, and Behavioral and Social Attributes.  These standards may be found on the program’s website at www.uwlax.pastudies/tech-standards-applic.html

Special consideration:  Applicants lacking no more than 2 of the 10 prerequisite courses, or having a cumulative, or science GPA of less than 3.0 may request special consideration by justifying their consideration despite not meeting that prerequisite requirement.  To receive this consideration the applicant must have at least 3 years of full-time experience in healthcare. A PA Program Committee reviews the requests for special consideration.

 

Selection Factors

 

The selection factors for the MS PAS include the following:  academic preparation; motivation, maturity, ability to work with people, and suitability for clinical practice; healthcare and other work experience; knowledge of the PA profession and the profession's role in the healthcare system; background predictive of potential for future practice in the service areas of the program’s partner institutions; letters of recommendation; and personal and group interviews.

 

Application Process

 

To be considered for admission applicants must have all of the following completed:

·          An application with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) including three letters of reference

·          A UW-L – Gundersen – Mayo PA Program Supplemental Application

·          The Graduate Record Exam with scores forwarded to UW-L and the PA program

·          Additional requirements for international applicants

 

The program’s admission committee selects candidates for interview.  Following interviews, offers of admission are made to selected outstanding candidates.  Once offered admission to the program, candidates must make application for graduate admission to UW-L.  Students are admitted to the program as full-time students.

 

Curriculum

 

The PA Program curriculum includes a total of 105 sem hrs of required credits including 55 sem hrs of preclinical year courses, 44 sem hrs of clinical rotations and 6 sem hrs of Capstone Seminar in the Clinical Year.  Preclinical Year courses are only offered once a year and are taken as.  The Clinical Year curriculum is only offered on a full-time basis with students in clinical sites 40+ hours per week.  Thus, the entire curriculum is considered a full-time curriculum.  The Preclinical Year curriculum must be completed before a student can advance to the Clinical Year.  Students must then complete clinical rotations including all of the required rotations, PAS 720 – 732, at least two of the selective rotations, PAS 740 – 746, and additional electives to have a total of 44 sem hrs of clinical rotations.  The Capstone Seminar series must be completed totaling 6 sem hrs.  All of the courses in the curriculum a displayed in the following list:

 

Preclinical Year

PAS 620 – 639:      Basic medical sciences

                PAS 621         Gross Anatomy                                                                                                           6 sem hrs

                PAS 622         Neuroanatomy                                                                                                             1 sem hrs

                PAS 624         Medical Biochemistry                                                                                                 2 sem hrs

                PAS 626         Medical Physiology                                                                                                    4 sem hrs

                PAS 628         Clinical Infectious Disease                                                                                        2 sem hrs

                PAS 630         Medical Pharmacology                                                                                               4 sem hrs

PAS 640 – 659:  Professional and Clinical Preparatory Courses

                PAS 640         Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession                                             2 sem hrs

                PAS 642         Medical History, Physical Exam and Behavioral Issues                                       4 sem hrs

                PAS 644         The Clinical Exam                                                                                                        1 sem hrs

                PAS 646         Law, Medicine and Ethics                                                                                          1 sem hrs

                PAS 648         Health care systems and administration                                                                  1 sem hrs

                PAS 650         Clinical Diagnosis and Reasoning                                                                            5 sem hrs

                PAS 652         Clinical Procedures                                                                                                     2 sem hrs

                PAS 654         Clinical Epidemiology                                                                                                 2 sem hrs

PAS 700 - 719:  Didactic Clinical Medicine

                                                        PAS 700         General Pathology:                                                                                                      1 sem hrs

                PAS 702         Internal Medicine 1: 

                                        Cardiology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Dermatology and Allergy               4 sem hrs

                PAS 704         Internal Medicine 2:  Endocrinology                                                                        1 sem hrs

                PAS 706         Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics                                                                   3 sem hrs

                PAS 708         Surgical Medicine: 

                                        Anesthesia, General Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology,                              

                                        Orthopaedic Surgery, and Urology/Renal                                                               5 sem hrs

                PAS 710         Internal Medicine 3:

                                        Gastroenterology, Oncology, Hematology, Nutrition, Neurology, Psychiatry 4 sem hrs

Clinical Year

PAS 720 – 739:  Required rotations, all students complete each of these rotations

                PAS 720         Family Medicine I                                                                                                        4 sem hrs

                PAS 722         Internal Medicine I                                                                                                      4 sem hrs

                PAS 724         General Surgery                                                                                                           4 sem hrs

                PAS 726         Obstetrics and Gynecology                                                                                       4 sem hrs

                PAS 728         Pediatrics                                                                                                                      4 sem hrs

                PAS 730         Psychiatry                                                                                                                    4 sem hrs

                PAS 732         Emergency Medicine                                                                                                  4 sem hrs

PAS 740 – 749:  Selective rotations, all students must complete at least two of these rotations

                PAS 740         Dermatology                                                                                                                4 sem hrs

                PAS 742         Family Medicine II                                                                                                      4 sem hrs

                PAS 744         Internal Medicine II                                                                                                    4 sem hrs

                PAS 746         Orthopaedic Surgery                                                                                                  4 sem hrs

 

 PAS 750 – 779:  Elective rotations: all students complete electives to total 44 credits of clinical rotations, PAS 720-750.

                PAS 750         Independent study elective rotation(s) [repeatable for up to 8 sem hrs]           4 sem hrs

PAS 790 – 799:  Capstone Course/Seminar

                PAS 790         Capstone Seminar I                                                                                                     2 sem hrs

                PAS 792         Capstone Seminar II                                                                                                    2 sem hrs

                PAS 794         Capstone Seminar III                                                                                                  2 sem hrs

Course Schedule by semester

Preclinical Year

Summer Term

                PAS 621         Gross Anatomy                                                                                                           6 sem hrs

                PAS 624         Medical Biochemistry                                                                                                 2 sem hrs

                PAS 626         Medical Physiology                                                                                                    4 sem hrs

                PAS 640         Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession                                             2 sem hrs

                       

                        Total credits                                                                                                                               14 sem hrs

Fall Semester

                PAS 622         Neuroanatomy                                                                                                             1 sem hrs

                PAS 628         Clinical Infectious Disease                                                                                        2 sem hrs

                PAS 630         Medical Pharmacology                                                                                               4 sem hrs

                PAS 642         Medical History, Physical Exam and Behavioral Issues                                       4 sem hrs

                PAS 654         Clinical Epidemiology                                                                                                 2 sem hrs

                                                        PAS 700         General Pathology:                                                                                                      1 sem hrs

                PAS 702         Internal Medicine 1:

                                        Cardiology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Dermatology and Allergy               4 sem hrs

 

                        Total credits                                                                                                                               18 sem hrs

January Term

                PAS 644         The Clinical Exam                                                                                                        1 sem hrs

                PAS 646         Law, Medicine and Ethics                                                                                          1 sem hrs

                PAS 704         Internal Medicine 2:  Endocrinology                                                                        1 sem hrs

 

                        Total credits                                                                                                                                 3 sem hrs

Spring Semester

                PAS 648         Health care systems and administration                                                                  1 sem hrs

                PAS 650         Clinical Diagnosis and Reasoning                                                                            5 sem hrs

                PAS 706         Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics                                                                   3 sem hrs

                PAS 708         Surgical Medicine:

                                        Anesthesia, General Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Urology/Renal     5 sem hrs

                PAS 710         Internal Medicine 3: 

                                        Gastroenterology, Oncology, Hematology, Nutrition, Neurology, Psychiatry 4 sem hrs

 

                        Total credits                                                                                                                               18 sem hrs

May Term

                PAS 652         Clinical Procedures                                                                                                     2 sem hrs

 

                        Total credits                                                                                                                                 2 sem hrs

Clinical Year

Summer Term

                PAS 720-750      Clinical Rotations:

                                            three 4 week rotations, scheduled individually by student                            12 sem hrs

                PAS 790             Capstone Seminar I                                                                                                 2 sem hrs

 

                        Total credits                                                                                                                               14 sem hrs

Fall Semester

                PAS 720-750      Clinical Rotations:

                                            four 4 week rotations, scheduled individually by student                             16 sem hrs

                PAS 792             Capstone Seminar II                                                                                                2 sem hrs

 

                        Total credits                                                                                                                               18 sem hrs

January Term and Spring Semester

                PAS 720-750      Clinical Rotations:

                                            four 4 week rotations, scheduled individually by student                             16 sem hrs

                PAS 794             Capstone Seminar III                                                                                              2 sem hrs

 

                        Total credits                                                                                                                               18 sem hrs

 

 

PAS 621-Human Gross Anatomy, 6 cr. (new course), A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Systems included are musculoskeletal, neurological, urogenital, gastrointestinal, skeletal, and cardiopulmonary. The course includes the complete regional dissection of the human cadaver. Biomechanical function, topographic and radiographic correlations, and clinical applications are emphasized. Provides an in-depth understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body through lecture, audiovisual, computer and gross cadaver dissection.  Lect. 5, Lab 9.  Prerequisite: Admission to the physician assistant program. May earn credit in only one of the following courses: PAS 621, P-T 521, BIO 501 or CSC 421; offered summer session.

 

PAS 622-Neuroanatomy, 1 cr. (new course), This course provides the student an understanding of the structure, organization and function of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems including the vascular supply to each of these components.  This provides the basis for appreciating the anatomical basis of more common neurologic disorders and neurologic testing.  Cadaveric specimens are used in the laboratory.  Prerequisite: Admission to the PA Program and approval of the program director; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 624-Medical Biochemistry, 2 cr. (new course), A study of chemical processes in cells (i.e., enzymes, lipids, membranes, metabolism, nucleic acids, receptor-sites, etc.) with special emphasis on building a foundation for the study of methods for diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and disorders.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Program; offered summer session.

 

PAS 626-Medical Physiology, 4 cr. (new course), An advanced study of the physiology of human organ systems focusing on topics that provide the basis for understanding disease and pharmacotherapeutic mechanisms.  Prerequisite: Admission to the physician assistant program. May not earn credit for PAS 626 and BIO 718/719; offered summer session.

 

PAS 628-Clinical Infectious Disease, 2 cr. (new course), This course introduces the principles of infectious diseases and the characteristics of the important pathogens.  The discussion will focus on the clinical aspects of each infectious disease building on previous knowledge of microbiology.  Includes a survey of microorganisms that commonly infect humans including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites.  The immune system role in preventing and treating infectious diseases will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to the PA Program and approval of the program director; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 630-Medical Pharmacology, 4 cr. (new course), This course presents a broad survey of the general principles of pharmacology.   Included are the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, the mechanisms of action, toxicities and interactions of specific drugs and drug groups, and an introduction to medical therapeutics.  The physiologic basis and clinical application pharmacologic agents is also be discussed.  Prerequisite: Admission to the physician assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 427 and PAS 630; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 640-Introduction to the PA Profession, 2 cr. (new course), This course provides an overview of the PA profession, its history, current role in health care and other issues of professional interest.  Students also develop patient interview and communication skills.  Concepts of professionalism and professional ethics as a PA student and graduate physician assistant are introduced.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program. May not earn credit for both PAS 431 and PAS 640; offered summer session.

 

PAS 642-Medical History, Physical Exam and Behavioral Issues, 4 cr. (new course), The elements of a comprehensive medical history and physical exam are presented and students practice these techniques in the teaching lab and in the clinical setting.  Also includes presentation of behavioral and social concepts in medicine including personality development, normative responses to stress, psychosomatic manifestations of illness, sexuality, basic counseling skills, emotional problems of daily living.  Lect. 3, Lab 2.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program.  May not earn credit for both PAS 642 and PAS 432/433; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 644-The Clinical Patient Examination, 1 cr. (new course), This course prepares PA students for sensitive portions of the complete clinical examination of patients.  Necessary skills are presented in lecture, and then demonstrated using plastic models.  Students then practice these skills with professional patients.  Lect. 3, Lab 4.  Prerequisite: Admission to the physician assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 433 and PAS 644; offered J-term.

 

PAS 646-Law, Medicine and Ethics, 1 cr. (new course), Legal and regulatory aspects of medical care as a physician assistant are explored. Issues of the ethical practice of medicine are also explored.  Prerequisite: Admission to the physician assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 646 and PAS 432/433; offered J-term.

 

PAS 648-Health Care System and Administration, 1 cr. (new course), This course provides the student an introduction to the current healthcare and reimbursement systems in America, their operation and impact on community health and medical practice.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for PAS 648 and PAS 434; offered Sem. II.

 

PAS 650-Clinical Diagnosis and Reasoning, 5 cr. (new course), This course brings together the knowledge and skills developed previously in the program to perform the comprehensive history and physical examination and a more limited episodic examination.  Clinical critical thinking becomes an integral part of performing the examination through the development of a differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic strategies.  EKG and radiographic image interpretation is also presented.  Lect. 4, Lab 2.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 650 and PAS 433/435; offered Sem. II.

 

PAS 652-Clinical Procedures, 2 cr. (new course), Developing a variety of clinical procedural skills such as starting IV lines, drawing blood, giving injections and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.  Students learn various surgical protocols and procedures and other standard hospital procedures such as suturing and casting.  Lect. 8, Lab 16.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 652 and PAS 435; offered May term.

 

PAS 654-Clinical Epidemiology, 2 cr. (new course), This course presents concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to the interpretation of the medical literature. A systematic process for identifying published literature relevant to clinical practice and evaluating its quality and applicability to the clinical situation is presented. Students then identify, review and critique published research appropriate to their clinical practice setting.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 430 and PAS 654; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 700-General Pathology, 1 cr. (new course), The general principles of pathology, including cell injury, inflammation, healing, neoplasia, genetic and developmental pathology and immunopathology are presented as a foundation for the study of disease and medicine.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 700 and PAS 425; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 702-Internal Medicine 1: Cardiology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Allergy, and Dermatology, 4 cr. (new course), This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and  management of a spectrum of disorders in cardiology, pulmunology, rheumatology, allergy and dermatology.  The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 702 and PAS 425/426/436; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 704-Internal Medicine 2: Endocrinology, 1 cr. (new course), This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and  management of a spectrum of disorders in endocrinology.  The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 704 and PAS 425/426/436; offered J term.

 

PAS 706-Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics, 3 cr. (new course), This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics along with the wellness care and disease prevention.  The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 706 and PAS 425/426/436; offered Sem. II.

 

PAS 708-Surgical Medicine: Anesthesia, General Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Dermatology, Urology/Renal, 5 cr. (new course), This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in anesthesia, general surgery, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, dermatology, urology/renal.  The course is designed to allow PA students to develop the critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 706 and PAS 425/426/436; offered Sem. II.

 

PAS 710-Internal Medicine 3: Gastroenterology, Hematology, Oncology, Nutrition, Neurology and Psychiatry, 4 cr. (new course), This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in gastroenterology, oncology, hematology, nutrition, neurology, psychiatry.  The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 706 and PAS 425/426/436; offered Sem. II.

 

PAS 720-Family Medicine Rotation 1, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in broad, primary care setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical family medicine practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 720 and PAS 475.

 

PAS 722-Internal Medicine Rotation 1, 4 cr. (new course),

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an inpatient internal medicine setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical internal medicine hospital practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 720 and PAS 463.

 

PAS 724-General Surgery Rotation, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a general surgery setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, assisting with surgery and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical general surgery practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 720 and PAS 462.

 

PAS 726-Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotation, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an obstetrics and gynecology setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, assisting with deliveries and gynecologic surgery, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical ob/gyn practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 720 and PAS 462.

 

PAS 728-Pediatric Rotation, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a pediatric setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical pediatric practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 720 and PAS 466.

 

PAS 730-Psychiatry Rotation, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a psychiatry setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical pediatric practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 730 and PAS 467.

 

PAS 732-Emergency Medicine Rotation, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an emergency medicine setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical emergency medicine practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 732 and PAS 461.

 

PAS 740-Dermatology Rotation, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a dermatology setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical dermatology practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 740 and PAS 460.

 

PAS 742-Family Medicine Rotation 2, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with a more in-depth clinical experience in a broad, primary care setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical family medicine practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 742 and PAS 475.

 

PAS 744-Internal Medicine Rotation 2, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with a more in-depth clinical experience in an inpatient internal medicine setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical internal medicine hospital practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 744 and PAS 463.

 

PAS 746-Orthopaedic Surgery Rotation, 4 cr. (new course), This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an orthopaedic surgery setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, assisting in surgery and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical orthopaedic surgery practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  May not earn credit for both PAS 746 and PAS 465.

 

PAS 750-Elective Clinical rotation, 4 cr. (new course), The student selects a clinical area for the Elective Clinical Rotation(s) with the approval of program faculty.  Students may select elective experiences from specialty areas not included in the required rotations, or in one of the required clinical areas.  With the consultation and approval of program faculty, the student develops an individualized learning contract which  includes objectives for the rotations, and a method to demonstrate achievement of these objectives at the conclusion of the rotation.  Where possible and appropriate, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant program and approval of the Program director.  Repeatable for credit – maxium 8.

 

PAS 790-Capstone Seminar 1, 2 cr. (new course), This course, the first of three capstone seminars, occurs during the clinical year and works to develop skills important to professional physician assistant practice.  This seminar series includes clinical case presentation, clinical documentation, prescription writing and medication ordering, the interpretation of the medical literature to answer clinical questions and the systematic review of the medical literature.  Prerequisite: Admission to the PA Program and approval of the PA Program Director; offered summer session.

 

PAS 792-Capstone Seminar 2, 2 cr. (new course), This course, the second of three capstone seminars, occurs during the clinical year and works to develop skills important to professional physician assistant practice.  This seminar series includes topics in continuous quality management, completing a systematic qualitative review of the medical literature, diagnostic and procedural coding and resume preparation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the PA Program and approval of the PA Program Director; offered Sem. I.

 

PAS 794-Capstone Seminar 3, 2 cr. (new course), This course, the third of three capstone seminars, occurs during the clinical year and works to develop skills important to professional physician assistant practice.  This seminar series includes completion and presentation of a systematic qualitative review of a topic in the medical literature, presentation of practice regulations, and completion of the program's summative evaluation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the PA Program and approval of the PA Program Director; offered Sem. II.

 

Mark Zellmer provided a thorough presentation of the proposal that will move the bachelor’s degree to a master’s level program. When the original curriculum was created, it was done with graduate level rigor in mind; therefore, much of the curriculum is similar in the new program. The didactic phase will be 3 months shorter, the clinical phase will be 11 rotations (44 cr.) with all rotations being 4 wks. The program will also follow the standard university calendar more closely. The first class will begin in summer 2004, limited to 12 students. There is no thesis option. Depts. of philosophy, microbiology, biology and O-T have responded that they do not object to overlap that might exist with courses in these depts. Chemistry, P-T and health education depts have not responded yet. A question was raised about how this program will impact graduate enrollment allocations. Duquette explained that presently students admitted for the summer are considered continuing students in the fall.

 

Individual courses will be reviewed at the next meeting. Members were told to email Zellmer prior to the meeting with any questions, to ensure that the committee has all of the information it needs to take action on the proposal on May 6th. Zellmer was also asked to bring the rest of the departmental responses to that meeting.

 

This was a first reading. There will be a second reading.

 

4.             Old Business: None

 

5.             New Business: None

               

 

The meeting adjourned approximately 4:45 p.m.  The next GCC meeting is May 6, 2003.

 

 

 

Diane L. Schumacher

GCC Secretary


 

[1] CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) is a national application service that collects and verifies application materials and calculates various GPAs before forwarding the applicants file to the programs selected by the applicant. For details see http://secure.caspaonline.org/