Michael Speice M '15

Major: Physician Assistant Studies
Hometown:Lakewood, OH

Through interacting with individuals in the local community and instructors in the classroom, I have been pushed to sharpen my critical thinking, clinical decision-making, attention to detail and examination technique.

Physician Assistant Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations present an exceptional win-win situation for both University of Mount Union students and physicians in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The PA program offers hands-on training at over 200 locations, including Alliance Community Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic and Mercy Medical Center.

In August of their second year, students begin 12 months of clinical rotations at area doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics upon completion of the 15-month didactic phase, which includes learning the basics of biomedical science and clinical medicine through coursework and lab experiences.

Mount Union’s wide range of clinical rotations gives students the chance to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice. Seeing cases firsthand they have only read about in textbooks, coming up with treatments for conditions and building professional relationship with patients, Mount Union’s competent, medically trained individuals are prepared and skilled to use their knowledge in the field.

Each clinical rotation lasts four weeks and each student is required to engage in the areas of:

  • Women’s Health: This four-week obstetrics/gynecology rotation is designed to provide the Physician Assistant student with an opportunity to develop proficiency in the unique medical history, physical examination and treatment of the prenatal/gynecology patient.  The student will also become familiar with tests and procedures unique to this patient population.
  • General Surgery: This four-week rotation is designed to provide the Physician Assistant student with opportunities to become proficient in pre-operative, intraoperative, and post-operative patient care.  Student expected to become able to first-assist a surgeon in a surgical setting.
  • Pediatrics: This four-week pediatric rotation is designed to provide the Physician Assistant student with an intense exposure of primary care pediatric problems with the objectives of developing skills in well-child preventative care, the care of common pediatric illnesses and the care of the newborn and children.
  • Primary Care: This four-week geriatric rotation is designed to provide the Physician Assistant student with an opportunity to develop proficiency in the unique medical history, physical examination and treatment of the geriatric patient.  The student will also become familiar with tests and procedures unique to this patient population.
  • Internal Medicine: Four week rotation designed to provide the Physician Assistant student with the opportunity to develop proficiency in the addressing common medical issues via patient encounters in a clinical setting.
  • Emergency Medicine: This four-week emergency medicine rotation is designed to provide the Physician Assistant student with exposure to and development of skills in managing patients in the emergency room setting.  Learned skills will include those necessary for appropriate triage, stabilization, diagnosis and management of patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses as well as the management of less life-threatening problems that present to the emergency room.  Physician Assistant student will develop skills in working with the pre-hospital emergency medical team and secondary referral systems.
  • Behavioral Medicine: This four-week psychiatric rotation is designed to provide the Physician Assistant student with a behavioral medicine experience in caring for ambulatory and hospitalized patients with psychiatric disorders.  The student will be able to perform basic psychiatric evaluations, monitor medications, and support the clinical management plan for patients after psychiatric evaluation and treatment.  The student will also be able to refer to psychiatrists and psychiatric facilities as needed.
  • Family Medicine: Four-week rotation in clinical healthcare settings designed to emphasize the role of the Physician Assistant to the primary care physician.

Students may also select two elective rotations in an area of their choice, such as orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, palliative medicine, dermatology, endocrinology, radiology, cardiology and pulmonology to name a few.

Interested in taking part in clinical rotations? Take the first step; learn more about application into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

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