Title The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year: Behavioral Health
Author Jill Cavalet
ISBN 9780826195289
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 214
Book size 127 x 203 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 behavioral health 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 Behavioral Health edition of this 7-volume series, delineates the exact duties required in this specialty.

Written by an experienced PA educator, this guide details the clinical approach to common presentations such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. It also provides a systems-based approach to 40 of the most frequently encountered disorders you will see in this rotation, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.

Distinguished by brief, bulleted content with handy tables and figures, the reference offers all pertinent psychiatric rating scales, screening tools, and diagnostic criteria needed to confirm a diagnosis. This guide also describes the urgent management techniques you will learn during the behavioral health rotation, including suicide risk assessment, management of delirium tremens, and use of restraints.


Key Features:

  • Provides a pocket-size overview of the PA behavioral health rotation
  • Describes common clinical presentations and mental health disorders
  • Offers a step-by-step approach to diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Includes clinical pearls throughout
  • Reflects the 2019 NCCPA PANCE blueprint


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Introduction: The Approach to the Patient in Psychiatry


Chapter 1. Common Presentations in Psychiatry • Common Presentations

Chapter 2. Common Disease Entities in Psychiatry • Anxiety Disorders • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders • Dissociative Disorders • Eating Disorders • Gender Dysphoria • Mood Disorders • Neurocognitive Disorders • Neurodevelopmental Disorders • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders • Personality Disorders • Psychotic Disorders • Somatic Symptom And Related Disorders • Substance Use Disorders • Trauma And Stressor-Related Disorders

Chapter 3. Diagnostic Testing • Diagnostic Imaging Studies • Other Diagnostic Testing • Psychiatric Rating Scales And Screening Tools

Chapter 4. Patient Education and Counseling • Selected Patient Education Topics Pertinent To Psychiatry

Chapter 5. Urgent Management • Acute Dystonia • Akathisia • Delirium Tremens • Lithium Toxicity • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor Hypertensive Crisis • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome • Serotonin Syndrome (Serotonin Toxicity) • Suicide Risk Assessment • Tricyclic Antidepressant Toxicity • Use of Restraints • Violence or Homicide

Chapter 6. Common Procedures and Psychotherapies in Psychiatry • Procedures • Psychotherapies

Chapter 7. Common Abbreviations in Psychiatry


About the Author:

Jill Cavalet, DHSc, PA-C, is an associate clinical professor in the Physician Assistant Department at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Cavalet received a bachelor of science degree in physician assistant science from Saint Francis College. She was a fulltime clinical practitioner in the Behavioral Medicine Department at Altoona Hospital and also served as a preceptor. Upon her faculty appointment, Dr. Cavalet received a master of health science degree from Saint Francis University and later a doctor of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University. She continues to precept and practice clinically in behavioral medicine at UPMC Altoona Hospital.

Dr. Cavalet has presented at the state and national levels and has authored many publications. She is a past recipient of the Preceptor of the Year Award from the Saint Francis University Physician Assistant Department and was a finalist in the Saint Francis University Distinguished Faculty Award. She has also been inducted into the Pi Alpha National Physician Assistant Honor Society. Dr. Cavalet has served as a conference proposal reviewer for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as a subject matter expert for the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, and as an item writer for the Physician Assistant Education Association.  

Target Audience:

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


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