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PAS 201: Foundations of Clinical Medicine

This course explores fundamental concepts of biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and immunology as applied to clinical medicine in a mostly "flipped classroom" format. This course will help to establish a foundation for understanding the pathophysiology of disease and the targets for therapeutic interventions. Disciple-specific topics include: Biochemistry: thermodynamics, enzyme kinetics, vitamins and cofactors, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and nucleotides, and the integration of metaboloic pathways. Genetics: basic principles of inheritance and risk assessment, illustrated with the use of clinical examples from many areas of medicine including prenatal, pediatric, adult and cancer genetics. Microbiology: Basic bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, including pathogenesis and clinical scenarios associated with infectious diseases. Immunology: concepts and applications of adaptive and innate immunity and the role of the immune system in human disease.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades

PAS 214: Principles of Clinical Medicine III

This is the third in a four-course sequence presenting organ-system based physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology. Each organ-specific block includes a review of the anatomy and related histology, normal function of that organ system, how the organ system is affected by and responds to disease, and how diseases of that organ system are treated. In PAS 213, the focus is on the structure, function, disease, and corresponding therapeutics of the Renal, Gastroenterology, Endocrine and Reproductive Health systems.
Terms: Aut | Units: 12 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)
Instructors: ; Nelson, C. (PI)

PAS 224: Clinical Therapeutics III

This is the third course of a 4-part series focused on pharmacology and clinical therapeutics with topics related to subjects covered in the Principles of Clinical Medicine III course. Topics will include renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and men¿s/women¿s health. The pharmacology component will focus on mechanism of action, clinical use, contraindications, adverse reactions, and clinically significant drug interactions of various drug classes. The clinical therapeutics component will focus on medical management of diseases with an emphasis on patient specific drug management.
Terms: Aut | Units: 2 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)
Instructors: ; Ip, E. (PI)

PAS 280A: Walk With Me: A Patient and Family Centered Exploration of Health & The Health Care System (INDE 290A)

This innovative course for first year medical students places patients, families, and caregivers front and center in the journey to explore health from a person-centered perspective, and better understand the challenges of managing optimal health in a complex health care system. The curriculum is organized around a monthly workshop series, which explores a different health systems science topic each month through lectures from experts from Stanford and the community, and from the perspectives of an individual patient or caregiver, or panel, with time to engage in discussion and explore patient-centered solutions to real-world problems. Students are also paired with a patient partner with whom they meet outside of class at a mutually convenient time at the school, medical center, or other location key to learning about the patient and caregiver journey. Enrollment by Instructor Approval Only. Request an application by email to lydiatam@stanford.edu. Please submit an application by September 13 at 11:59PM. Those selected will be informed by September 16 at 11:59PM so that they may enroll in the course.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit

PAS 291: PAs in Health Care I: Introduction to the Profession

This course provides an overview of the PA profession. The first portion of the course covers the history of the PA profession, the role of the PA within the health care team, and an overview of the laws, regulations and committees that provide oversight to the profession. The second portion of the course focuses on health disparities, social determinants of health and undeserved communities, and the role of the PA in the care of these populations. It includes development of the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed in order to practice culturally competent and sensitive health care.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Burwell, N. (PI)

PAS 292: PAs in Health Care II: Introduction to Advanced Skill Training for PAs

The PAs in Health Care II: Introduction to Advanced Skill Training for PAs course will focus on advanced clinical skills including basic and advanced cardiac life support, imaging skills and interpretation along with additional proceduralnskills in preparation for clerkships.
Terms: Aut | Units: 2 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)
Instructors: ; Fernandes, S. (PI)

PAS 294: PAs in Healthcare IV: Leadership, Advocacy, and Preparation for Practice

The final course in the PAs in Health Care series will provide students with the skills necessary for transition from PA student to practicing PA and will continue to expand on leadership skills. One portion of the course will focus on preparation from the transition to clinical practice, which will include requirements for licensure and certification, medical liability, and ethics. Another thread will consist of lectures on advanced and novel topics in medicine. Additionally, there will be a thread for development of leadership skills and advocacy. The culmination of the Capstone research project will also occur during this course.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)
Instructors: ; Toussaint, M. (PI)

PAS 301: Internal Medicine Clerkship I

Teaches the natural history, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of medical illnesses. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the understanding, skills, and attitudes desirable in a scientific and compassionate PA. Students will perform histories and physical examinations, identify appropriate orders, order and interpret appropriate diagnostics studies to develop a differential diagnosis, and interpret information gathered from the patient assessment data to formulate a patient-centered treatment plan. Developing sound clinical reasoning skills is continuously emphasized. Students will be able to provide an accurate verbal presentation to the rotation preceptor, counsel patients about therapeutic procedures; and help to coordinate medical consultations by sub-specialty providers as needed to take appropriate care. Students will follow the progress of patients through their hospitalization, write a note appropriate for the patient¿s medical record and develop a discharge plan. Students will attend and participate in medical rounds and conferences.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)

PAS 302: Internal Medicine Clerkship II

Teaches the natural history, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of medical illnesses. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the understanding, skills, and attitudes desirable in a scientific and compassionate PA. Students will perform histories and physical examinations, identify appropriate orders, order and interpret appropriate diagnostics studies to develop a differential diagnosis, and interpret information gathered from the patient assessment data to formulate a patient-centered treatment plan. Developing sound clinical reasoning skills is continuously emphasized. Students will be able to provide an accurate verbal presentation to the rotation preceptor, counsel patients about therapeutic procedures; and help to coordinate medical consultations by subspecialty providers as needed to take appropriate care. Students will follow the progress of patients through their hospitalization, write a note appropriate for the patient¿s medical record and develop a discharge plan. Students will attend and participate in medical rounds and conferences.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)

PAS 303: Primary Care I

During the outpatient medicine rotation students will be involved in the initial and ongoing assessment of patients in all age groups. In addition to routine health maintenance, students will become familiar with common primary care and urgent care problems. Students will be responsible for taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering appropriate diagnostic testing, interpreting results and forming a plan. The student will provide an accurate, pertinent and time-effective verbal presentation to the rotation preceptor and will write an accurate note suitable for inclusion in the patient's medical record. Patient education, counseling, and coordination of additional resources for patient care will also be included. The outpatient medicine rotations may take place in private offices, family practices, urgent care clinics, hospitals, or other ambulatory care clinics.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)

PAS 304: Primary Care II

During the outpatient medicine rotation students will be involved in the initial and ongoing assessment of patients in all age groups. In addition to routine health maintenance, students will become familiar with common primary care and urgent care problems. Students will be responsible for taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering appropriate diagnostic testing, interpreting results and forming a plan. The student will provide an accurate, pertinent and time-effective verbal presentation to the rotation preceptor and will write an accurate note suitable for inclusion in the patient's medical record. Patient education, counseling, and coordination of additional resources for patient care will also be included. The outpatient medicine rotations may take place in private offices, family practices, urgent care clinics, hospitals, or other ambulatory care clinics.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades

PAS 311: Pediatrics

The Pediatrics rotation will take place in outpatient pediatric clinics and private pediatric offices. The clerkship provides an introduction to a wide range of clinical problems in pediatrics and arms students with the basic skills needed to work with children and families. The rotation will emphasize caring for a child from birth through late adolescence. Students will assess, evaluate and develop a patient-centered treatment plan according to published guidelines when appropriate. Students will provide an accurate verbal presentation to the rotation preceptor and write an accurate note suitable for inclusion in the patient's medical record. The rotation will stress diagnosis and treatment of common childhood illnesses and assessment of growth and development. Students will develop skills to counsel parents about well-visits, immunizations, nutrition, growth and development.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)

PAS 320: Surgery

Provides PA students with clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of surgical diseases. Emphasis is placed on teaching students to recognize and manage basic clinical problems. As members of the surgical team, students participate in preoperative management, including patient education and procedures necessary to prepare patients for surgery. Students will perform admitting histories and physical examinations, identify appropriate admitting orders for surgical patients and identify appropriate diagnostic studies required prior to surgical procedures. In the operating room setting, students will assist surgeons and have an opportunity to become familiar with protocols and equipment. Students will be involved in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care. The clerkship offers an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physical diagnosis into a treatment plan for patients with surgical diseases. When possible, students attend surgical grand rounds and other surgically-oriented conferences.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)

PAS 321: Emergency Medicine

Provides students with exposure to common problems encountered in an emergency room setting. Students will be responsible for taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting appropriate diagnostic testing, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as needed under appropriate supervision, and forming a patient-centered care plan for patients seen for emergent and non-emergent issues. The student will provide an accurate, pertinent and time-effective verbal presentation to the rotation preceptor and will write an accurate note suitable for inclusion in the patient's medical record. Students will identify criteria for hospital admission and coordinate the admission to the appropriate setting and service. During the Emergency Medicine rotation students may also be exposed to patients with life-threatening conditions such as cardiac/respiratory failure, trauma, shock, overdose, poisoning, allergic reactions, seizures.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)

PAS 331: Women's Health

Provides the student with skills and knowledge needed to care for patients with common gynecological problems, the well-woman examination, and pregnancy from prenatal care through delivery and postpartum. As an active member of the obstetrical and gynecological care team, students will be exposed to a wide range of common gynecological problems. They will perform histories and physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic testing, and formulate a patient- centered treatment plan. Emphasis is placed on history and physical examination skills in the evaluation and management of pregnancy, vaginal delivery, and both office gynecology and gynecologic surgical procedures through exposure to patients in the outpatient clinics, Labor and Delivery, and the operating room. They will learn the role of a surgical assistant for gynecologic procedures and how to counsel patients on family planning and contraception. For obstetrical patients, students will develop prenatal plans for uncomplicated pregnancies, assist with deliveries and develop skills to supervise and manage labor and delivery in an emergency situation.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)

PAS 336: Behavioral Medicine

Provides students with exposure to a wide range of mental health issues in hospital and/or clinic-based settings. The clerkship is designed to solidify the knowledge of psychiatry that students have acquired in the Practice of Medicine course, as students gain practical skills in the application of this knowledge to clinical situations. Students will perform thorough histories including a mental status examination and will use tools for cognitive testing, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret information gathered from patient assessment data, and formulate a patient-centered treatment plan including pharmacological treatment when appropriate. The course will also offer an overview of psychosocial and biological treatment modalities for the major psychiatric disorders. Students will be required to recognize the various types of mental health issues that require referral to a specialist and to know which mental health problems can be handled by the non-specialist.
Terms: Aut, Win, Sum | Units: 6 | Grading: Medical School MD Grades
Instructors: ; Patton, K. (PI)
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