The didactic year is designed on the medical model to prepare students to become primary care clinicians. The three-semester didactic curriculum is built around medicine modules. Each module focuses on a particular organ system providing relevant instruction in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic evaluation and pharmacology, as well as genetic implications and health maintenance strategies. Other courses of study include introduction to U.S. health care, history-taking and patient education skills, clinical skills, well child, public health and evidence-based medicine. As part of medicine modules, the anatomy portion utilizes cadaver dissection to complement lecture presentation. On average, didactic students are in class from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (M-F) with occasional weekend and evening responsibilities. Please note, the Program does not grant any type of advanced placement for courses within the didactic or clinical year. The didactic curriculum is as follows:
The clinical curriculum constitutes a full-time off-campus experience which allows students to develop their clinical skills under the supervision of physicians and other allied health personnel. The rotations are divided into nine, 5-week blocks.
Each 5-week rotation period equals four credits and is composed of the following:
For questions concerning the clinical year please contact: Denise Drummond, MMS, PA-C, Heather Gides, MPAS, PA-C, or Tracy Wright, MPAS, PA-C.
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