Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PAS6008
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Approved by SCNS
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 1/14/13. for MA in P.A.; GC approved 1/28/13. to USF Sys 1/28/13; to SCNS 2/5/13. Approved eff 4/1/13. nmbr 6002 approved as 6008
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 3020 2012-11-26 Department College Budget Account Number Graduate School MD HSC-10009-611600-000000-0000000 Contact Person Phone Larry Collins 813-396-9424 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title PAS 6008 Advanced Clinical Practicum Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? N Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 1 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) - Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICUM Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100
This practicum builds on the earlier practicum and allows the PA student to further utilize the skills and knowledge they have learned to more completely interview and evaluate patients in a clinical setting.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
Consistent with other Physician Assistant Degree Programs
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
PA, MD, PhD, ARNP, MSW
- Other Course Information
• Develop student skills required to obtain a comprehensive medical history and perform a complete physical examination for all patient populations in any setting.
• Gather comprehensive or interval health history from patient and/or family.
• Review medical record
• Conduct physical examination utilizing techniques appropriate for comprehensive and/or focused examinations.
• Prepare student to recognize, by the presenting clinical picture, common diseases.
• Prioritize presenting patient problems and clinical findings.
• Develop student cognitive and problem solving skills allowing them to systematically move through the diagnostic process.
• Prepare student to develop and implement management plans for common acute and chronic illnesses.
• Prepare student to order and interpret common diagnostic studies.
• Present findings to preceptor in an organized, concise manner
• Prepare student to counsel and educate patients.
• Maintain patient confidentiality
• Develop attitudes and behaviors in student consistent with life-long learning required for medical practice.
• Assist the student in his/her intellectual, social, and spiritual development.
B. Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course, the student is expected to:
• Be competent in eliciting a complete medical history and physical exam
• Appropriately document the exam including all positive and negative findings
• Present a patient in a thorough, concise and appropriate manner to other health care professionals.
• Exhibit a capacity for empathic listening and responsiveness.
• Demonstrate the competencies necessary for current and evolving clinical practice in a variety of practice settings, focusing on primary care, disease prevention, health promotion, and cultural competence.
C. Major Topics
• Medical, family and social history
• Physical examination
• Documentation and confidentiality of the medical record
• Oral presentation
• Empathic listening and responsiveness
• Disease prevention
• Health promotion
• Cultural competence
Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History-Taking, 10th Ed.
The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice, 5th Ed.
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
Students will be required to complete and submit six detailed history and physical examinations. These H&Ps should include a problem list, differential diagnoses and a patient-oriented assessment that includes a diagnostic and therapeutic plan for each of the patient's active problems. These H&Ps must represent a medical history and physical examination actually performed by the student. Although at times a student might ""tag along"" and observe/participate in an examination by another student, resident or fellow, this experience does not match the learning experience inherent in performing the information gathering personally.
The submitted H&Ps will be graded using a rubric evaluating the student’s grasp of and attention to:
• The organization of write-up
• Thoroughness of history
• Thoroughness of physical exam
• Diagnostic reasoning
• Treatment plan/patient education
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
6 H&P write ups
H. Attendance Policy
Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,
Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
Didactic Attendance Policies
Students are encouraged to attend all scheduled hours of instruction. Mandatory sessions and participation requirements are listed on the final page of this syllabus. Recognizing that situations arise which require students to miss time from course responsibilities, the procedures presented below will be followed when absence is necessary.
1. Religious Observances
All students, faculty and staff at the University of South Florida have a right to expect that the University will reasonably accommodate their religious observances, practices and beliefs. Students are expected to attend classes and take examinations as determined by the University. The University will attempt, at the beginning of each academic term, to provide written notice of the class schedule and formal examination periods. The University, through its faculty, will make every attempt to schedule required classes and examinations in view of customarily observed religious holidays of those religious groups or communities comprising the University’s constituency. Any student who believes that he/she has been treated unfairly with regard to the above should contact the Office of Student Affairs.
a. Emergencies for Personal Illness, Family Illness, etc.
The student must contact both the Course Directors by e-mail or telephone and Student Affairs by e-mail or telephone to report his/her absenteeism on the first day of being absent. He/she should indicate the nature of the emergency or unexpected illness. The student must also complete and submit the Absence Report Form. Specifics on planned and unplanned absences, as well as unexcused absences, are listed below.
b. Exam Attendance Procedures
Students are expected to attend all scheduled hours of instruction. However, attendance at all examinations is mandatory, and all students should take the examinations on the day and time scheduled.
Absence for attendance at a professional meeting or other educational or research related activity should be submitted for approval to the Course Directors at least 6 weeks prior to the event. Each request for absence will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Personal travel plans should not be considered valid excuses for missing an exam.
To receive an excused, planned absence, the student must submit a completed Exam Absence Request form to the Course Directors. A copy of the written request must also be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible before the exam occurs. The Course Directors or designee will make the final determination to grant or deny the request and will inform the Office of Student Affairs of the decision. The Office of Student Affairs will subsequently notify the student and the Office of Educational Affairs.
If the student has an unanticipated, unplanned absence on the day of an exam, he/she must contact Student Affairs by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the exam. When the student returns to school he/she must fill out and sign the Absence Report form. Documentation for the absence to be excused (e.g. physician’s note, accident report, etc.) will be at the discretion of the OSA.
Students who miss an examination for any reason are required to contact the Office of Educational Affairs (974-2435) prior to returning to class to determine the date and time of the make-up examination. Dates and times of make-up examinations are determined by the Program Director in consultation with Course Directors.
In general, make-up examinations must be taken within 48 hours of the original examination date. If a student’s absence from an examination is unexcused, the grade recorded for the exam will be the student’s actual score or 69, whichever is lower, and will not include a group score. A second unexcused absence will result in a grade of “0” and action taken by the Academic Performance Review Committee (APRC) regarding professionalism.
3. Mandatory Course-Specific Events
In addition to examinations, the following are all considered mandatory events:
b. Small group conferences
c. Problem-solving sessions
d. Team Based Learning sessions
e. Large group/Active Learning sessions
In general, in order to be excused from one of these events, the same procedure for examinations is followed. The student must first directly contact the Course Directors with a copy of the request to Student Affairs. The Absence Request form should be completed and given to the Course Directors as soon as possible for planned absences. The Course Directors will make the determination to grant or deny a request in addition to any required remediation.
An unanticipated absence on the day of an event requires notification of the Course Directors and Student Affairs. Upon returning to campus, the Absence Report form should be completed and given to the Course Directors. The Course Directors will make the determination to grant or deny the absence in addition to any required remediation.
Students who miss course-specific mandatory events are expected to acquire the same level of competency as other students involved in the course. Therefore, students with an excused absence may be assigned work to complete by the Course Directors in order to remediate. In the case of an unexcused absence the Course Directors may assign a “0” or no credit for the missed work and/or require other remediation at their discretion. Multiple absences, or a prolonged absence, could result in failure of the course or a grade of “Incomplete”, at the discretion of the Course Directors. In any event all absences for course-specific mandatory events and the outcome should be reported to the OSA by the Course Directors.
Sign-in sheets will be used for laboratories, case studies and group discussion conferences to determine attendance (Sign-in sheets WILL NOT be used for lectures). Signing an attendance roster when you didn’t attend or arrive late to a lab, or signing the roster for another student is considered an unprofessional act and a violation of the honor code.
J. Program This Course Supports
- Course Concurrence Information