Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9781416044857

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

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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 Edward M. Sullivan

Chapter 24: Orthopedics, Patrick C. Auth

Chapter 25: Dermatology, P. Eugene Jones and Kristine J. Kucera

Chapter 26: Oncology, Debra S. Munsell

Chapter 27: Infectious Disease, Durward A. Watson

Chapter 28: Geriatric Medicine, Veyjeyanthi S. Periyakoil, Steven Johnson, and Gwen Yeo

Chapter 29: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Maryann Ramos

Chapter 30: Behavioral Science and Medicine: Essentials in Practice, F. J. Gino Gianola, Ky Haverkamp, and H. James Lurie

Chapter 31: Patients with Disabilities, Lisa Southwick and Mary Vacala

Chapter 32: End of Life Issues, Barbara Coombs Lee and Bryanne L. Jones

Chapter 33: Public Health Emergencies, Martha Petersen and Linda Allison

Section V Professionalism

Chapter 34: Professionalism, William C. Kohlhepp, Tony Brenneman, and Paul Robinson

Chapter 35: Clinical Ethics, F. J. Gianola and Keren H. Wick

Chapter 36: Medical Malpractice and Risk Management, R. Monty Cary and James L. Cary

Chapter 37: Employment: Building Your Career, Wallace D. Boeve and Donald M. Pedersen

Chapter 38: Postgraduate Residency Programs, David P. Asprey

Chapter 39: Dealing with Stress and Burnout, Ruth Ballweg

Section VI Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Chapter 40: Evidence-Based Medicine, Anita Duhl Glicken

Chapter 41: Research and the Physician Assistant, J. Dennis Blessing

Chapter 42: Utilizing Consultants and Community Resources, Albert Simon and Ernest L. Stump

Chapter 43: Health Disparities, Diane Dixon Abercrombie

Section VII Systems-Based Practice

Chapter 44: The Uninsured: Challenges and Solutions, Ruth Ballweg and Keren H. Wick

Chapter 45: Inpatient Systems, Kenneth R. Harbert

Chapter 46: Ambulatory Systems, Roderick S. Hooker

Chapter 47: Rehabilitative and Long-Term Care Systems, Kathy A. Kemle

Chapter 48: Health Care for the Homeless, Dawn Morton-Rias

Chapter 49: Correctional Medicine, R. Scott Chavez

Chapter 50: Military Medicine, John L. Chitwood

Chapter 51: Inner City Health Care, F. J. Gino Gianola, Howard Straker, and Tom Byers

Chapter 52: Rural Health Care, Steve Meltzer

Chapter 53: International Health Care, David H. Kuhns

Appendix: Physician Assistant Competencies


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About the Author

Ruth Ballweg

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington; Director of International Affairs, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Johns Creek, Georgia

Edward Sullivan

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Darwin Brown

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Creighton University School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program, Omaha, Nebraska

Daniel Vetrosky

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor (Ret.) and Part Time Instructor, University of South Alabama, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions, Mobile, Alabama