Mississippi College

Clinical Medicine II 6 credit hours

The essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ systems and life stages approach, clinical information is presented in conjunction with appropriate correlative lectures in emergent and preventive care. Patient cases are used in the small group setting to enhance readings and lectures, and students assess standardized patients in a controlled setting. This is a core course around which most other courses are organized.

Diagnostic Medicine III (with lab) 4 credit hours

This is the third of a multi-semester course covering medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, radiology, imaging, clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG), and other diagnostic methods. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. The semester includes physical examination techniques and continues with basic principles of radiology (indications for, contraindications of, materials used, information obtained and complications), pathology, and the correlation between disease process and interpretation of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. Includes demonstration and practice of various physical examination and  laboratory methods including ECG theory and interpretation.Teaching methods include learning team meetings and clinical assignments to examine and/or interview patients in hospital, outpatient, or long-term care settings.

Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics III 1 credit hours

This course builds on principles covered in previous Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics courses. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. Drug categories and specific drugs used in the treatment of common diseases are presented using an organ systems approach to therapeutic management.    Indications, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, appropriate drug dosing and monitoring are covered.  Additionally, pharmacologic management of pregnant/lactating females, pediatric and elderly patients are included.

Fundamentals of Medical Science III 1 credit hours

Concepts in Pathophysiology, Medical Genetics, Immunology and Clinical Microbiology are presented in correlation with Clinical Medicine Courses.  The Medical Genetics topics provide a foundation for understanding the role of genes and chromosomes in basic patterns of inheritance, genetic factors in disease, screening and testing for genetic abnormalities and ethical and legal considerations.  The Medical Microbiology topics cover pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and animal parasites in relation to human disease with an emphasis on pathogenesis, mechanisms of virulence, epidemiology, therapy and prevention.  The Immunology topics introduce basic principles of human immunity, response of the body to injury and common immunologic disorders.

Professional Development III 1 credit hours

A course series taught throughout the preclinical phase, topics covered include the history of the PA profession, medical ethics, licensure and certification, PAs roles in health care, coding, reimbursement and health delivery systems.  Focus on patient and professional communication, various professional practice issues and lifelong learning.  Will include hands-on practice of various clinical skills, i.e. surgical gowning, suturing, in preparation for the clinical phase.  Discussions on current clinical issues and student presentations on patient casework included.  Meetings may also reinforce principles and practices taught in concurrent courses. Students will be assigned to teams with a faculty mentor, and this course will consist of regular team meetings and team based learning activities.

Behavioral and Community Medicine II 2 credit hours

An introduction to the basic concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and the development of strategies to affect healthy lifestyle changes in the individual and community. An investigation of community resources will also be included. Students will be required to develop and implement an individual health prescription or community service/education project. An introduction to the structure and administrative principles in use in health care organizations, and professional issues review. Includes A lecture series taught by an interdisciplinary faculty and by community experts in health care organization. Topics include the patient as consumer, third-party payment, public policy trends, organizational behavior, legal and ethical problems, and the unique place of PAs in the health care system.

Fundamentals of Surgery 3 credit hours

The course focuses on basic surgical concepts needed for the PA to function in primary care settings as well as major surgical areas. The course emphasizes pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care of the surgical patient, surgical concepts, topics and surgical technique. A substantial part of this course consists of essential hands-on laboratory exercises emphasizing surgical skills in a primary care setting.

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