Students must be able to evaluate various sounds including, but not limited to components of the voice (pitch, timbre, intensity), ausculatory findings such as heart, lung and abdominal sounds as well as blood pressure readings.
Students must be able to accurately differentiate percussive notes as well and differentiate normal and abnormal sounds utilizing such instruments as the stethoscope, or tuning fork.
Students must possess the attributes to perform physical examinations using palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers as required. This requires sufficient exteroceptive sense (visual, auditory, touch, and temperature), coordination to manipulate patients, and adequate motor and diagnostic instruments.
Further, the students should be able to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients which may include such physical activity as moving a patient, emergent diagnostic testing, treatment or resuscitative efforts. This may require the student to respond promptly to emergencies in an individual or hospital setting.
The student must be able to physically perform these duties so as not hinder the ability of his/her coworkers to provide prompt care. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of a physician assistant include arriving quickly when called and maintaining an airway, assisting in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), applying pressure to arrest bleeding, suturing wounds, administering intravenous medications, or assisting with obstetrical maneuvers.
Students should be able to perform basic laboratory tests such as gram’s stain or urinalysis, venipuncture and placement of catheters and tubes.
Students must possess the level of dexterity, sensation and visual acuity in order to competently perform these duties.
Students must be able to measure angles and diameters of various body structures using a tape measure or other devices to measure blood pressure, respiration and pulse, and interpret graphs describing biologic relationships.
Clinical rotations also require the ability to transport oneself to a variety of settings in a timely manner.