As a student of the Physician’s Assistant Studies Program at Mount Union, it’s anticipated that you will have the opportunity to obtain the following skills:

Exhibit Professional Behavior:

  • Adhere to code of medical ethics
  • Act with respect, integrity, and compassion
  • Function as a patient advocate
  • Adhere to applicable governmental rules, regulations and statutes
  • Adhere to employer’s policies and procedures
  • Participate in professional organizations
  • Promote the Physician Assistant Profession
  • Participate in community education activities
  • Participate in continuing medical education
  • Function as a member of the medical team
  • Accept accountability for own actions and decisions
  • Manage time
  • Manage stress

Perform in-house and outpatient evaluations, pre-operative assessments:

  • Review patient’s medical records for pertinent information
  • Obtain a medical history from the patient
  • Perform daily rounds
  • Perform an accurate physical examination
  • Document accurate history and physical exam findings
  • Assess medical history
  • Assess physical exam findings to facilitate appropriate next steps
  • Formulate a therapeutic plan
  • Order and interpret diagnostic studies relative to patient care
  • Communicate findings to the physician
  • Implement physician’s instructions
  • Perform pre-operative daily rounds
  • Triage emergency patients

Assist in:

  • Gather and present pertinent data
  • Prepare specialized surgical equipment
  • Position patient
  • Perform surgical prep
  • Maintain sterile technique and universal precautions
  • Drape patient
  • Provide exposure of operative site
  • Provide retraction
  • Provide hemostasis
  • Utilize surgical equipment
  • Anticipate surgeon’s needs

Surgical Procedures:

  • Gown, scrub, and glove
  • Maintain asepsis
  • Tie surgical knots
  • Suture
  • Dissect and debride tissues
  • Utilize tissue specific handling techniques
  • Apply dressing
  • Demonstrate physical endurance
  • Adapt to changes
  • Exhibit manual dexterity
  • Perform specialty-specific advanced surgical skills
  • Perform a cutdown

Perform Patient evaluations/ assessments:

  • Review of patient record
  • Assess patient  status
  • Document in patient record
  • Implement approved therapeutic plan
  • Order and interpret diagnostic studies
  • Communicate findings to the physician and the health care team
  • Analyze and utilize medical literature

Provide Post Operative Care:

  • Evaluate the wound
  • Treat wound as indicated
  • Change dressings
  • Advance and remove drains
  • Remove sutures and staples
  • Insert and remove tubes and monitoring lines
  • Communicate with support services
  • Formulate and implement discharge planning and outpatient follow-up as indicated

Perform Bedside Procedures:

  • Perform CPR Perform First-Aid
  • Perform urinary catheterization
  • Perform venipuncture
  • Maintain, apply and remove casts
  • Apply and adjust orthopedic appliances
  • Assist in closed reductions
  • Utilize basic monitoring equipment
  • Utilize advanced monitoring equipment
  • Treat non-surgical wounds as indicated
  • Recognize and treat conditions as indicated
  • Perform ACLS and ATLS

Provide Patient/Family Education Performance:

  • Educate patient/family about medical matters or procedure
  • Educate patient/family about disease process
  • Review/reinforce physician’s communication to patient/family
  • Obtain informed consent
  • Reassure patient about procedure
  • Teach wound management
  • Instruct patient/family in home care
  • Teach patients preventive medical care
  • Instruct patient in the use of medication and their side effects
  • Refer patient to continuing health/social services

Utilize Communication Skills:

  • Describe findings/ information in a concise, consecutive manner
  • Utilize appropriate medical terminology
  • Write standard, grammatical English legibly
  • Utilize non-judgmental responses
  • Prepare oral/written presentations
  • Exchange knowledge with the patient and other medical and ancillary personnel
  • Utilize a variety of communication methods and media
  • Adapt  information to recipient’s level of understanding
  • Respond to verbal/non-verbal signals
  • Exhibit empathy
  • Recognize cultural differences and the impact on patient care

Develop Administrative and Management Skills:

  • Resolve conflicts
  • Develop and maintain departmental budget
  • Coordinate work assignments for Physician Assistants
  • Interview, hire, evaluate and discharge personnel
  • Update job descriptions
  • Monitor patient’s care for cost containment and cost effectiveness
  • Recruit schedule and attend CME programs
  • Use information technology to support patient care and patient education
  • Maintain continuous quality improvement in practice
  • Implement Total Quality Management for customer’s satisfaction
  • Apply medical information and clinical data to provide effective and efficient patient care
  • Implement marketing strategies
  • Follow third-party payment guidelines
  • Implement responsible resource management
  • Develop sources of revenue

Outcome Focus:

  • Successful performance on formative assessments that will indicate mastery of the learning goals
  • Successful completion of the PA program
  • Successful completion of the PANCE
  • Strong knowledge base and professional behaviors that meet or exceed the expected Standards of Education for Physician Assistants set forth by the ARC-PA.
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