Ambulatory Medicine (8 weeks) [PA 302] 8 credits (View All)
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Exposes students to a broad range of experiences that emphasize the patient as an individual and family member. Students are involved in the initial and ongoing assessment of patients in all age groups as well as management of individuals with established diagnoses. In addition to routine health maintenance, students become familiar with common primary care and family medicine problems such as upper respiratory illness, orthopedic injuries, musculoskeletal complaints, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Patient education, counseling, and integration with community services are other components of this rotation. Students may see patients in venues that include hospital ambulatory care clinics, private offices, family medicine practices, clinics and urgent care settings. This experience exposes students to broad aspects of ambulatory medical practice, emphasizing the patient as an individual and family member. Students will have exposure to caring for patients across a broad spectrum of ages. Students typically encounter such common medical problems as community acquired infections, musculoskeletal complaints, hypertension, diabetes, minor trauma, and heart disease. In addition to medical diagnosis and management, patient education, counseling, and integration of community services and arrangement of follow up care are major parts of this rotation. This part of the outpatient experience may be provided in a walk-in clinic or urgent care venue.