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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 03, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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The advanced physical examination course of the introduction to patient care block is an extension of the introduction to physical examination course. During this course, which spans the first two years, students will expand their knowledge of history taking and physical examination skills by examining patients both in adult medicine and in the pediatric setting. Patho-physiology and its correlation to history and physical examination skills are stressed. Students are also expected to record and synthesize the information collected during the clinical encounter as a written history, physical exam, and patient assessment. The goal is to prepare students to do complete and accurate history-taking and physical examinations during their clerkships. This course is integrated with the clinical experience course. There are seven, month-long sessions, four of which will be physical examination sessions and three will be the clinical experience rotations described below. There is a written examination, a clinical performance grade from instructors, and a required performance-based assessment at the end of the course. The clinical experience course is designed to familiarize students with how physicians practice medicine in their offices and to expose students to the various aspects of health care delivery in the community. Each student will be scheduled for three, month-long rotations, one month of one afternoon a week in a physician’s office, one month of once a week afternoon visits to an assigned community site for underserved populations, and one month with a student-selected ambulatory sub-specialty office or an additional month at a primary care physician’s office. There will also be full class sessions on health care disparities, alcohol and substance abuse, and health care to the underserved. No textbook is required but a syllabus is provided. Completion of weekly teaching and learning logs is required. Grading is determined by attendance and passing the final examination.
Academic Career: Medical School
Course Component: Practicum
Grade Component: S/U Basis
Course Attributes: School of Medicine Year 2

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