Prerequisite: PAM 520
The Patient Evaluation series (I, II, III) prepares students to perform comprehensive examinations and procedures on patients. Students will learn the knowledge and skills essential for performing a comprehensive medical history and physical examination. The course emphasizes patient interviewing, performing a comprehensive physical and psychological examination, accurately documenting and presenting findings, developing a differential diagnosis, listing possible tests and treatment plans, and providing patient education along with appropriate follow-up. Lectures, reading assignments, hands-on labs, and supplemental assignments emphasize core concepts.
Patient interaction and communication are essential skills that will be developed during the course. Over the entire semester, close interaction will occur between students, faculty, preceptors, and various other clinical personnel both inside the college and at external institutions.