Yale PA Online Student Competencies
Yale Physician Assistant Online Program Competencies
- Elicit a detailed and accurate patient history, taking into consideration the influence of culture, ethnicity, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Perform the appropriate physical examination on patients of all ages.
- Order and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests as indicated by history and physical examination results.
- Formulate an accurate differential diagnosis based on patient history, physical examination, and results of diagnostic testing.
- Understand etiologies, risk factors, underlying pathologic process, and epidemiology for medical conditions.
- Identify signs and symptoms of medical conditions.
- Utilize clinical reasoning and diagnostic thinking in gathering clinical information and applying to the development of a differential diagnosis.
- Select and interpret the results of common laboratory, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
- Know the indications, contraindication, side effects, and interactions for common pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of patients.
- Identify appropriate interventions for prevention of conditions.
- Identify the appropriate screening methods to detect conditions in an asymptomatic individual.
- Treat minor emergencies and perform evaluation and treatment procedures necessary to provide an appropriate response to life-threatening emergencies.
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Use effective listening, nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills to elicit and provide information.
- Appropriately adapt communication style and messages to the context of the individual patient interaction.
- Work cooperatively with other professionals as a member of a team; utilize the expertise of other professionals and experts as appropriate in the care of patients.
- Demonstrate personal integrity, honesty, and self-discipline; and behave in a responsible, reliable, and dependable manner.
- Record accurate, concise admission, transfer, and progress notes.
Patient Care: Clinical and Technical Skills
- Provide health care services and education aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health.
- Treat the patient as a person; recognize that legal, ethical, religious, and conflict of values may affect the patient’s care and management.
- Appropriately refer to and/or consult with appropriate health and social agencies when indicated.
- Provide instruction of patients regarding the importance of compliance and health maintenance, as well as adverse effects of medication and other prescribed regimens.
- Counsel patients on family planning, general emotional issues, normal growth and development, sexual function, psychosocial response to disease and other aspects of normal daily living.
- Provide support to patients and their families in decisions related to advanced directives, living wills, health advocates, and DNR orders.
- Develop and implement appropriate patient-centered management plans.
- Write patient orders or prescriptions as allowed by law and/or protocol.
- Correctly perform routine therapeutic procedures such as universal precautions, injections, venipuncture, peripheral cannulations, suturing and wound care, urinary catheterization, foreign body removal ear and nose, airway management, pelvic examination, breast examination, and rectal examination.
- Understand the indications and contraindications and correctly interpret the results of a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic interventions.
- Accurately present in oral and written forms,pertinent patient data to supervising or referral physicians and other health care providers.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- Analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology in concert with other members of the health care delivery team.
- Recognize and appropriately address gender, cultural, cognitive, emotional, and other biases; gaps in medical knowledge; and physical limitations in themselves and others.
- Interpret the medical literature and utilize it to guide evidence-based clinical practice.
- Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education.
- Effectively interact with different types of medical practice and delivery systems.
- Understand the funding sources and payment systems that provide coverage for patient care.
- Accept responsibility for promoting a safe environment for patient care and recognizing systems-based factors that negatively impact patient care.
- Apply medical information and clinical data systems to provide more effective, efficient patient care.
- Provide assistance in the delivery of services to patients requiring continuing care in such facilities as home and extended care facilities.