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Clinical Rotation Descriptions

  • HAP 570 Medicine Clerkship
  • HAP 571 Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • HAP 572 General Surgery Clerkship
  • HAP 574 Emergency Medicine
  • HAP 575 Psychiatry Clerkship
  • HAP 576 Medicine Preceptorship
  • HAP 577 Pediatrics Preceptorship
  • HAP 579 Geriatrics Clerkship
  • HAP 580 Orthopedics
  • HAP 581 Clinical Elective

HAP 570 Medicine Clerkship (5 credits)
The five week inpatient clerkship in general medicine provides an opportunity to apply the principles of general medicine learned in the preclinical curriculum. Students are assigned to a team, and through supervised, ongoing patient contact, they are exposed to patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic medical problems. Emphasis is placed on data gathering, differential diagnosis, patient management, maintenance of medical records, performance of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, follow up care and the provision of health education and counseling.
HAP 571 Obstetrics and Gynecology (5 credits)
The five week inpatient clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the preclinical curriculum. Students will be exposed to labor and delivery, inpatient gynecology and outpatient gynecology, including family planning. Emphasis is placed on data gathering, differential diagnosis, patient management, maintenance of medical records, performance of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, follow up care and the provision of health education and counseling.
HAP 572 General Surgery Clerkship (5 credits)
The five week inpatient clerkship in general surgery provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the preclinical curriculum. The rotation includes supervised experiences in both inpatient and ambulatory care settings with exposure to various surgical subspecialties. Emphasis is placed on data gathering, differential diagnosis, patient management, maintenance of medical records, performance of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, appropriate triage and referral, follow up care and the provision of health education and counseling.
HAP 574 Emergency Medicine (5 credits)
The five week outpatient clerkship in emergency medicine provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the preclinical curriculum. Through supervised patient contact the student will gain practical clinical experience in performing the directed history and physical, triage, and management of acute medical and surgical emergencies. The emergency medicine rotation occurs after completion of the medicine clerkship in order to assure proficiency in data gathering and patient interactive skills.
HAP 575 Psychiatry Clerkship (4 credits)
The four week clerkship in psychiatry provides an opportunity to apply general principles of psychiatry as taught in HAP 508 to a hospital-based, inpatient or emergency outpatient care setting. The student is provided with practical clinical experience in identifying, evaluating, managing and referring patients presenting with common and/or emergent psychiatric problems. Students develop skills in performing mental status examinations and gathering a thorough psychiatric database. The student is exposed to management regimens and made aware of community-based mental health referral facilities that may be utilized in the treatment of the psychiatric patient.
HAP 576 Medicine Preceptorship (5 credits)
This five week rotation provides the student with practical clinical experience in working with the ambulatory medical patient. This preceptorship is intended to augment and develop directed data collection skills emphasizing a wide range of primary care medical problems. It will also stress those cognitive and affective skills, which will enable the student to recognize normal, and assess abnormal, findings. The student will be familiarized with the indications, limitations, and methodology of ambulatory diagnostic procedures and therapeutics. Further, he or she will gain an appreciation for practice management and the role a PA may play in a general medicine/family practice setting.
HAP 577 Pediatrics Preceptorship (5 credits)
This five week rotation provides the student with practical clinical experience in working with the ambulatory pediatric patient. This preceptorship is intended to augment and develop directed data collection and patient management skills emphasizing a wide range of primary care pediatric problems. It will also stress those cognitive and affective skills that will enable the student to recognize normal, and assess abnormal findings. The student will augment such skills as counseling the parent as to normal growth and development, anticipatory guidance, feeding, immunizations, etc., and will become familiar with the indications, limitations, and methodology of ambulatory diagnostic procedures and therapeutics. Further, he/she will gain an appreciation for practice management and the role a PA may play in a pediatric practice setting.
HAP 579 Geriatrics Clerkship (5 credits)
The five week inpatient clerkship in geriatric medicine provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the preclinical curriculum. This rotation focuses on evaluation and management of medical and psychosocial aspects of aging and exposes the student to rehabilitation, chronic care, day care, home care, and ambulatory clinics.
Emphasis is placed on data gathering, differential diagnosis, patient management, maintenance of medical records, performance of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, follow up care and referral, and the provision of health education and counseling. Students learn the value of an interdisciplinary approach to geriatric care.
HAP 580 Orthopedics (4 credits)
The four week inpatient clerkship in orthopedics provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the preclinical curriculum. Through supervised hospital-based inpatient and outpatient (including emergency department) experiences, the student gains skill in the evaluation and management of orthopedic problems, data gathering, reduction of fractures, immobilization, and wound evaluation.
HAP 581 Clinical Elective (4 credits)
This four week rotation provides the student with the opportunity to explore an area of medical or surgical practice beyond basic required rotations. Students are encouraged to choose an area of emerging importance in healthcare and PA practice, or a potential employment setting.