This course focuses on the medical interview and physical exam as clinical skills. The various components of the medical history are presented along with techniques for effective medical interviewing. Students apply these skills while obtaining histories from selected patients. Guidance is provided with respect to communicating with patients of all cultural backgrounds, ages and personalities. The tools, techniques, procedures, and skills of the diagnostic physical examination are presented in a systems approach as they relate to the systematic performance and documentation of complete and problem focused physical examinations.
Admission to Physician Assistant program