During your first year as a Yale PA Online student, you will start developing the clinical and professional skills necessary for direct patient care through the Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE).
You will participate in the LCE, on average, four hours each week, beginning the 10th week of the program and ending before you start your clinical rotations. The LCE incorporates four key elements:
Ongoing Guidance From Clinical Mentors: You will work with a health care provider—typically a PA, M.D., or D.O.—who will act as your mentor and help develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical setting.
Opportunities to Work in a Team Environment: You will work side by side with other health care professionals on an interprofessional team, enabling you to learn about the different roles of health care providers.
Contact With the Same Patients: You will work at clinical sites that allow you to follow the same patients over time throughout the LCE. You will be encouraged to take part in all patient encounters, including home visits.
Chance to Learn How a Health Care System Works: You will be asked to think critically about how the patient interacts with the health care system, giving you the opportunity to explore how to provide safe and high-quality care to patients.
The LCE has six main learning objectives. By the end of your first year, you will be able to:
Demonstrate use of key communication skills to conduct patient- and family-centered interviewing.
Perform a focused physical examination in the clinical setting.
Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills in formulating a differential diagnosis.
Apply principles of effective interprofessional teamwork.
Identify and describe complexities of the health care system.
Explore quality and safety issues related to: 1) health care systems and processes and 2) social determinants of health.
After you have completed the LCE, you will be well prepared to begin your clinical rotations.
To learn more about Yale PA Online, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.