Clinical Role of the Student

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Clinical experiences should be educational for the PA student and should not be called upon or used to substitute for regular staff. The following are some “guidelines” regarding what a PA student may be permitted to do by the preceptor. The judgment of the preceptor regarding how much responsibility a student is ready to assume should be the determining factor of which tasks are assigned and how much supervision is needed.

All students should exhibit a baseline of medical knowledge and clinical skills.

All students who have matriculated onto the clinical year have completed 15 months of didactic classes in preparation of their clinical year.

A course syllabus will be provided to the preceptor outlining the rotation objectives the student must meet.

Typical tasks assigned to PA students include:
  • Taking histories and performing physical examinations
  • Assessing common medical problems and recommending appropriate management
  • Performing and assisting in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Assisting the preceptor in hospital/nursing home rounds, recording progress notes, transcribing specific orders of the preceptor as allowed by the facility
  • Following protocols (verbal or standing orders) of the preceptor
  • Presenting patient cases orally and in a written problem-oriented format
  • Discussing the basic pathophysiologic mechanisms that have produced the signs, symptoms, and disease processes under investigation
  • Completing assigned readings and preparing presentations as requested by clinical preceptor and/or program faculty
  • Attending all teaching rounds and conferences
  • Following the assigned on-call schedule
  • Discussing/recommending treatment approach, medication, and follow-up car

UMKC PA students undergo extensive health screening and compliance training to maintain state and federal guidelines. This includes HIPAA training, EMR training, immunization verification, current annual TB test, drug screen and recent background check. These documents will be made available to the preceptor site once student placement has been confirmed.