Title The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year: Surgery
Author Brennan Bowker
ISBN 9780826195241
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 334
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Sales territory Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Status New Arrival
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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 surgery 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 Surgery edition of this 7-volume series, delineates the exact duties required in this specialty.

Written by an experienced PA educator, this guide details common surgical procedures you’ll see, such as thyroidectomy, hernia repair, mastectomy, and appendectomy. It also provides important information on surgical emergencies, including gastrointestinal bleeding, perforated viscus, and limb ischemia. System-based chapters reviewing the presentation and management of common conditions that may require surgery are also included.

Advice on taking good SOAP notes, guidance on how to prepare patients for surgery, and tips on surgical etiquette will help you excel during this intense rotation. Additional chapters on pre- and post-operative management of patients, sterile technique, and common wound closure methods will arm you with the knowledge you’ll need to succeed.


Key Features:

  • Provides a pocket-size overview of the PA OB/GYN rotation
  • Describes common clinical presentations, disease entities, and procedures
  • Offers clinical pearls throughout
  • Includes key abbreviations you’ll need to decipher in documentation
  • Reflects the 2019 NCCPA PANCE blueprint




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Chapter 1. Preparing For Your Surgical Rotation • Before Your Rotation • The First Day • Time Management • OR Etiquette

Chapter 2. Preoperative Evaluation, Testing, and Medication Management • Risk Stratification • References

Chapter 3. Clinical Documentation and Oral Presentations • SOAP Notes

Chapter 4. Sterile Technique • Sterile Procedure

Chapter 5. Management of Wound Healing and Suture Techniques • Wound Physiology • References

Chapter 6. Bedside Procedures • Abscess Incision and Drainage • Nasogastric Tube Placement • Arterial Blood Gas Sampling • Urinary Catheter Placement • Central Venous Catheter Removal • Chest Tube Removal • References

Chapter 7. Caring for the Postoperative Patient • Postoperative Care • Postoperative Complications • References

Chapter 8. Surgical Emergencies • Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding • Lower Gi Bleeding • Pneumoperitoneum/Perforated Viscus • Abdominal Hypertension and ACS • Incarcerated and Strangulated Hernias • References

Chapter 9. Vascular Surgical Emergencies • Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm • Acute Limb Ischemia • Compartment Syndrome • Acute Mesenteric Ischemia • References

Chapter 10. Thyroid and Parathyroid Conditions • Review OF Anatomy and Physiology • Thyroid Surgery • Parathyroid Disease • Parathyroid Surgery • References

Chapter 11. Breast Conditions • Review of Anatomy and Physiology • Fibroadenoma • Breast Cancer • References

Chapter 12. Foregut • Review of Anatomy and Physiology • Gastric Cancer • Peptic Ulcer Disease • Pyloric Stenosis • Surgical Treatment of Obesity • References

Chapter 13. The Biliary Tract • Review of Anatomy and Physiology • References

Chapter 14. Pancreas • Review of Anatomy and Physiology • Acute Pancreatitis • Chronic Pancreatitis • Pancreatic Cancer • References

Chapter 15. Appendix and Small Bowel Conditions • Review of Anatomy and Physiology • Acute Appendicitis • Small Bowel Obstruction • Crohn’s Disease • Meckel’s Diverticulum • References

Chapter 16. Colon and Rectum Conditions • Review of Anatomy and Physiology • Diverticular Disease and Acute Diverticulitis • Large Bowel Obstruction • Colon Cancer • Colonic Volvulus • Ogilvie Syndrome • Ulcerative Colitis • References

Chapter 17. Skin and Soft Tissue Conditions • Pressure Ulcers • Cellulitis • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections • Burns • Melanoma • References

Chapter 18. Surgical Procedures • Thyroidectomy (Partial or Total) • Simple Mastectomy • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy • Laparoscopic Appendectomy • Laparoscopic Right Hemicolectomy • Laparoscopic Left Colectomy • Fecal Diversion Procedures (Colostomy, Ileostomy) • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair (Total Extraperiontal) • Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (With Mesh) • References

Chapter 19. Common Abbreviations, Signs, Triads, and Pentads

About the Author:

Brennan Bowker, MHS, PA-C, CPAAPA, received her master’s degree in physician assistant (PA) studies in 2010 from Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant program. After graduation, she began working in trauma and emergency/ general surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, CT, which is now a part of the Yale New Haven Health System. Her clinical expertise includes general surgery, trauma, colon and rectal surgery, bariatrics, and urology. In addition to her clinical role at the hospital, she serves on several committees and is also the chief preceptor for clinical, preclinical, and shadowing students. Ms. Bowker is also a clinical adjunct assistant professor at Quinnipiac. She cochairs the PAadmission committee and lectures for several courses, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. Brennan especially enjoys inspiring students to write and publish; in fact, Ms. Bowker has traveled to numerous conferences with students to present posters and give lectures. In addition, she maintains memberships with the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants. She is also a board member of the Connecticut Physician Assistant Foundation and a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Target Audience:

The book will help physician assistant students for conducting the required rotation in surgery.

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