Clinical Rotations

Nicole Adamek and Jeffery Neumann
Physician Assistant students Nicole Adamek and Jeffery Neumann learn to read chest X-rays.

After four semesters of in-depth academic preparation, you will be ready to put what you have learned into action. In challenging clinical rotations, you will work with diverse preceptors to strengthen your skills as part of the patient care team in a broad range of settings.

Although the order of these rotations varies for each student, you will complete them all and be exposed to private, public, inpatient, and outpatient care locations. Near the end of your clinical rotations, we will support your transition into your new career with a course focused on professional issues faced by new PA graduates, job fair, and a PANCE Review course.

Primary Care Preceptorship

This eight-week outpatient primary care focused rotation allows you to select from the following disciplines: general/family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, women's health, or geriatrics. The preceptorship integrates clinical experience with a focus on competencies in leadership, communication, quality improvement, patient safety, and management skills. 

Internal Medicine

During this eight-week inpatient rotation, you will become an integral member of the medical team that includes medical students, interns, residents, and attending physicians. You will become proficient in gathering medical data and making tentative assessments and plans as you participate in the management of patients on general medicine wards.

Emergency Medicine

This four-week rotation in area hospital emergency departments emphasizes the roles and functions of in-hospital emergency care. In high-intensity shifts, you will gain experience in trauma evaluation and management, and learn the medical and surgical aspects of emergency intervention. You will gain first-hand experience in the management and treatment of patients triaged to urgent care and fast tracks for health care delivery.

Surgery

During this four-week rotation, you will gain practical experience with general surgical problems and participate in the management of hospitalized patients seven days a week, including assisting in surgery, preoperative, and postoperative care, and daily ward rounds. You will also attend structured teaching conferences and tutorials.

Pediatrics

This four-week outpatient rotation in general pediatrics puts you in touch with well and sick children in private physician practices and community-oriented primary care clinics. As you participate in ambulatory care, you will gain a deeper understanding of normal childhood development and become proficient in providing anticipatory guidance to parents and caregivers.

Women's Health

This four-week rotation integrates both inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. You will gain experience in the management of labor and delivery, outpatient gynecology, family planning, and outpatient prenatal and postpartum care. 

Family Medicine

This eight-week rotation in a private physician practice gives you practical outpatient care experience in a primary care setting. You will deliver acute and chronic care as well as health maintenance issues in partnership with your supervising clinical preceptor. During this rotation, you will demonstrate evidence-based medicine practice skills and complete an evidence-based medicine project.

Psychiatry

This four-week rotation in hospital and correctional-facility settings provides a powerful mix of inpatient and outpatient experience. You will gain practical experience and assume patient care responsibilities in the continuing care of patients in a psychiatric setting. You will learn the fundamentals of DSM-V diagnostic criteria and psychiatric nosology, while you deepen your understanding of the clinical presentation and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Infectious Disease

This four-week rotation gives you firsthand experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with infectious diseases. You will be directly involved in the multidisciplinary approach to patient management in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Clinical Elective Rotation

This four-week rotation gives you even more freedom. Choose from more than two dozen fields of medicine for in-depth exploration. Some of the most popular choices are dermatology, emergency medicine, and surgery subspecialties. Depending on the field you choose, some international opportunities may be available.