Title The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year: Family Medicine
Author Deborah Opacic, Gerald Kayingo, Mary Carcella Allias
ISBN 9780826195227
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 356
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 family 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 Family 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 abdominal pain, headache and fatigue. It also provides a systems-based approach to more than 70 of the most frequently encountered disease entities you will see in this rotation, including diabetes, anxiety, and coronary artery disease.

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 family medicine rotation, including incision and drainage, joint injections, and skin biopsies.

Key Features:

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



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Foreword by Kevin Lohenry, PhD, PA-C


Introduction: The Approach to the Patient in Family Medicine

Chapter 1. Common Presentations in Family Medicine • Abdominal Pain • Fatigue • Headache • Low Back Pain • Sore Throat

Chapter 2. Common Disease Entities in Family Medicine • Cardiology • Dermatologic System • Endocrine System • Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat • GI System • Genitourinary System • Hematologic System • Musculoskeletal System • Neurologic System • Psychiatry/Behavioral Science • Pulmonary System • Women’s Health

Chapter 3. Diagnostic Testing in Family Medicine • LABS • Diagnostic Imaging Studies

Chapter 4. Patient Education and Counseling in Family Medicine • Age Appropriate Screenings • Immunizations • Preventive Medicine Guidelines • Selected Patient Education Topics Pertinent to Family Medicine

Chapter 5. Urgent Management in Family Medicine • Chest Pain • Glucose Emergencies: Diabetic Ketoacidosis And Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar State • Glucose Emergencies: Hypoglycemia • Hypertensive Emergency • Nausea And Vomiting

Chapter 6. Common Procedures in Family Medicine • Cerumen or Foreign Body Removal • Incision, Drainage, Culture, And Packing • Joint (Knee) Injections • Local Anesthesia • Punch Biopsy

Chapter 7. Common Abbreviations in Family Medicine

Appendix A: Selected Resources for the Family Medicine Physician Assistant Student

Appendix B: Insulin Use in Primary Care

Appendix C: Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Inhalation Formulations


About the Authors:

Gerald Kayingo, PhD, PA-C, is the director of the Master of Health Services, Physician Assistant Studies Program, and an associate clinical professor at the University of California (UC), Davis. Prior to his UC Davis appointment in 2014, he was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and practiced at the Yale New Haven Hospital Primary Care Center in Connecticut. Dr. Kayingo has extensive experience in scholarship, education, clinical practice, and global health. He is a graduate of the Management Development Program at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, following a master of medical science–physician assistant degree at Yale University School of Medicine, and a PhD in microbiology from Orange Free State University in South Africa. He completed his postdoctoral education in infectious diseases at Yale, where he studied microbial pathogenesis, membrane transport, and signal transduction. He is a recent graduate of the UC Davis Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program. Nationally, Dr. Kayingo serves as a trustee of the Physician Assistant Foundation, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of BMC Health Services Research, and is a member of the PAEA board of directors. He is a coeditor of the Health Professions Educator: A Practical Guide for New and Established Faculty. He was recently inducted into the prestigious Uganda National Academy of Sciences and has been widely published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Deborah Opacic, MMS, EdD, PA-C, DFAAP, received a bachelor of science–physician assistant degree at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in 1982. She completed her graduate studies and received a master of medical science degree at 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; 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 Assistant Studies. 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 both the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Award as PA Educator of the Year 2010 and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Award as Humanitarian of the Year 2018 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, and a fellow of the Society of Gastroenterology Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.

Mary Carcella Allias, MPAS, PA-C, is the director of Didactic Education and an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her instructional themes include health policy, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication, and medical care across the life span. She is a graduate of Saint Francis University, earning bachelor of science and master of physician assistant science degrees there. She is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Allias has received awards for distinguished teaching and for her use of standardized patients in the curriculum, and has also been awarded a University of Pittsburgh Office of Diversity and Inclusion grant. She has practiced clinically in Emergency Medicine and currently practices in Family Medicine. She has presented her work at state and national forums. Her memberships in professional organizations have been highlighted by committee service and leadership roles including serving as a committee chairperson, proposal reviewer, and coordinator of scholarly poster presentations.

Target Audience

This book is useful for physician assistant (PA) students for completing the required rotation in family medicine.


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