Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice

4th Edition

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Authors: Ruth Ballweg Edward Sullivan Darwin Brown Daniel Vetrosky
Paperback ISBN: 9781416044857
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 29th May 2008
Page Count: 960


Here’s the only book dedicated to giving you the complete information that you need to become an effective Physician Assistant and maintain those high standards in practice. This up-to-date edition covers all aspects of the physician assistant profession, the PA curriculum, and the PA's role in practice, all in an easy-to-use textbook format that features convenient tables and clear illustrations, as well as case studies and clinical application questions. You’ll find this book invaluable throughout your course of study, when entering the job market, and as an excellent reference in clinical practice. And, with this Expert Consult title, you’ll be able to search the entire contents of the book, online, from anywhere.

Key Features

  • Covers all the core competencies that you need to master for year one or for recertification, so you can excel.
  • Gives you the information you need on all of the rotations and practice areas that are open to you to help you make the right decisions.

Table of Contents

Section I Overview

Chapter 1: History of the Profession and Current Trends, Ruth Ballweg

Chapter 2: International Development of Physician Assistants, Roderick S. Hooker

Chapter 3: Education, Dawn Morton-Rias and Jim Hammond

Chapter 4: Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, Licensing, and Privileging, Constance Goldgar, Dan Crouse, and Donald M. Pedersen

Chapter 5: Financing and Reimbursement Systems, Michael Powe

Chapter 6: The Political Process, Nicole Gara and Ann Davis

Section II Medical Knowledge

Chapter 7: Safety in Clinical Settings, Darwin Brown

Chapter 8: Utilizing Diagnostic Studies, David R. Buck and Geraldine A. Buck

Chapter 9: Clinical Procedures, Edward M. Sullivan

Chapter 10: Genetics in Primary Care, Constance Goldgar, Michael Rackover, and Chantelle Wolpert

Chapter 11: Chronic Care Perspectives, Virginia Hass and Mindy Milton

Chapter 12: Pharmacology: The Use of Medications, Henry Stoll

Chapter 13: Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Emily WhiteHorse

Section III Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Chapter 14: Patient Record, Richard R. Rahr

Chapter 15: Interviewing and Communication Skills, Paul Lombardo and Sherrey Stolberg

Section IV Patient Care

Chapter 16: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Patient Education, Walter A. Eisenhauer and Anna Mae Smith

Chapter 17: Family Practice, Lynda White and Nelson Herlihy

Chapter 18: Internal Medicine, Timothy C. Evans

Chapter 19: Physician Assistants in Hospital Medicine, H. William MaHaffy

Chapter 20: Emergency Medicine, David J. Pillow, Jr. and Edward M. Sullivan

Chapter 21: Pediatrics, Linda M. Dale

Chapter 22: Obstetrics and Gynecology, J. Kirkland Grant and Edward M. Sullivan

Chapter 23: Surgery, Timothy J. King and


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About the Author

Ruth Ballweg

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Director, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

Edward Sullivan

Affiliations and Expertise

Physician Assistant, J. Kirkland Grant Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice, Mesquite, TX

Darwin Brown

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska

Daniel Vetrosky

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama