Title The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year: Internal Medicine
Author David Knechtel , Deborah Opacic
ISBN 9780826195234
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 368
Book size 127 x 204 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Review of the Book:

“A lifesaver – not just for PA students, but for faculty and administrators trying our best to prepare them. Perfect for students to read and use on rotation.”

James Van Rhee, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Program Director, Yale Physician Assistant Online Program


The first pocket-size resource to guide PA students through their internal medicine rotation

Prepare for and thrive during your clinical rotations with the quick-access pocket guide series, The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year. The Internal Medicine edition of this 7-volume series, delineates the exact duties required in this specialty.

Written by experienced PA educators, this guide details the clinical approach to common presentations such as chest pain, dyspnea, and fever. It also provides a systems-based approach to more than 60 of the most frequently encountered disease entities you will see in this rotation, including cardiac arrhythmias, pneumonia, and hepatitis.

Distinguished by brief, bulleted content with handy tables and figures, the reference offers all pertinent laboratory and imaging studies needed to confirm a diagnosis, with medication and management guidelines. This guide also describes the most common procedures you will learn during the internal medicine rotation, including bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, lumbar puncture, and thoracentesis.


Key Features:

  • Provides a pocket-size overview of the PA internal medicine rotation
  • Describes common clinical presentations, disease entities, and procedures
  • Offers a step-by-step approach to diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Includes clinical pearls throughout
  • Complements the 2019 NCCPA PANCE blueprint



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Foreword by Bridget Calhoun, DRPH, PA-C


Introduction: The Approach to the Patient in Internal Medicine


Chapter 1. Common Presentations in Internal Medicine • Abdominal Pain • Chest Pain • Dyspnea • Fever • Mental Status Change

Chapter 2. Common Disease Entities in Internal Medicine • Cancer: Breast, Prostate, Lung, Colorectal • Cardiology • Endocrine • Gastrointestinal • Hematology/Oncology • Infectious Disease • Musculoskeletal • Nephrology • Neurology • Pulmonology

Chapter 3. Diagnostic Testing in Internal Medicine • Laboratory Testing • Diagnostic Imaging Studies • Other Diagnostic Testing

Chapter 4. Patient Education and Counseling in Internal Medicine • Breast Cancer • Cervical Cancer • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease • Colon Cancer • Fall Risk Assessment • Glaucoma • Hypertension • Lipid Disorders • Lung Cancer • Osteoporosis • Prostate Cancer • Skin Cancer

Chapter 5. Urgent Management in Internal Medicine • Bleeding Associated with Direct Oral Anticoagulants • Life-Threatening Cutaneous Drug Reactions • Opioid Intoxication and Withdrawal • Respiratory Failure • Synchronized Cardioversion in Atrial Fibrillation

Chapter 6. Common Procedures in Internal Medicine • Arterial Blood Gas • Bone Marrow Aspirate and Biopsy • Lumbar Puncture • Nasogastric Intubation • Thoracentesis

Chapter 7. Common Abbreviations in Internal Medicine


About the Authors:

David Knechtel, MPAS, PA-C, is the clinical coordinator at the Milligan College Physician Assistant Program and a practicing physician assistant (PA) at Pulmonary Associates of East Tennessee. Mr. Knechtel graduated from Duquesne University in 2006. Prior to his appointment as clinical coordinator in 2017, he was a full-time PA in the field of pulmonology, internal medicine, and primary care for 11 years. In addition to his pulmonary practice, he is a volunteer provider at Providence Medical Clinic, a free clinic for indigent patients. He is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants and has been a speaker at their state conference. He belongs to the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as well.

Deborah Opacic, MMS, EdD, PA-C, DFAAP, received a BSc–physician assistant degree from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in 1982. She completed her graduate studies and received an MMS from St. Francis in 1994 and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Duquesne University in 2001. Dr. Opacic has held clinical and academic appointments at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Allegheny General Hospital. Her clinical experience is in adult psychiatry, hematology/oncology, and cardiothoracic surgery; heart, lung, and liver transplantation; and gastroenterology. During her 12-year tenure at Duquesne University, Dr. Opacic served as academic coordinator, clinical coordinator, and vice chair of the Department of Physician Assistants. In 2010, she received the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants’ Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Opacic is the founding director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She recently returned to clinical practice in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Allegheny Health Care Network. Dr. Opacic received the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants’ PA Educator of the Year 2010 and Humanitarian of the Year 2018 awards for her work as a primary care volunteer provider and grant writer for Sheep Inc. Free Health Care Center located in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), member of the AAPA’s Research and Strategic Initiatives Commission, fellow of the Society of Gastroenterology Physician Assistants, and fellow of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.

Target Audience:

This guide helps physician assistant (PA) students for completing the required rotation in internal medicine.


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