A systematic review and discussion of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of the most common diseases in humans.
Upon completion of this course, the first year physician assistant student will be able to:
1. Describe the human anatomical and physiological changes that occur with illness.
2. Compare and contrast the most common diseases of each organ system discussed in terms of the following nine dimensions: epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic studies, differential diagnosis, treatment, management, prevention, and prognosis.
3. Evaluate the social, behavioral and biological factors involved in the most common diseases in each organ system in terms of their impact on health and healthcare disparities.
4. Synthesize data from the epidemiology, patient history, physical examination and diagnostic studies in order to formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis.
5. Select and be able to interpret the diagnostic studies pertinent to a differential diagnosis.
6. Develop appropriate treatment and management strategies of the most common diseases of each organ system.
7. Incorporate evidence-based medicine into the practice of medicine.