PAMS 6325 Patient Assessment and Counseling I

This course teaches the fundamentals of medical history-taking, physical examination, and patient counseling across the lifespan including adolescent, adult, and elderly populations. Physical examination of the patient is approached using a systematic model. Primary skills include performing complete and focused physical examinations, recognizing normal and abnormal findings, developing a diagnostic and treatment plan, counseling patients, medical documentation, and professional conduct. This course content builds a foundation for the development of the clinical reasoning skills and problem solving necessary to formulate differential diagnoses. Students will use common medical databases to access medical literature in support of medical treatment plans. Instruction in counseling in patient education skills is patient centered, culturally sensitive, and focused on helping patients cope with illness, injury, and stress, adhere to prescribed treatment plans, and modify their behaviors to more healthful patterns. This course also teaches awareness of differing health beliefs, values, and expectations of patients and other health care professionals that can affect communication, decision-making, compliance, and health outcomes.  This section of the course will focus on patient communication, counseling, determining patient vital signs, and physical examination of the integument, cardiac, and pulmonary systems. Patient presentations, simulations, standardized patients, case studies, role-play, and electronic medical record completion are additional components of this course.




Physician Assistant