Augsburg PA students enter into the clinical phase following successful completion of the didactic phase. The clinical phase is approximately 52-weeks of clinical experiential learning. It is comprised of eight 5-week rotations in inpatient, outpatient, surgical and emergency department settings, as well as a preceptorship and Capstone course. The seven core rotations are in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Behavioral Medicine. The eighth rotation, an elective rotation, may be in any of the core rotation medical settings, or a subspecialty of medicine such as cardio-thoracic surgery, oncology, pediatric trauma, etc. The Augsburg PA Program also offers elective rotations internationally with clinical partners around the world.
Upon completion of core clinical rotations, students complete an eight-week preceptorship. This course is an extended clinical rotation, which offers students a longer and more in-depth clinical learning experience. Students often choose a primary care focus, but have the option to expand into other areas of interest.
The Augsburg PA Program has taken a unique and highly effective approach to clinical rotation placements. We have created a team approach that includes student input and personal meetings between the student and the clinical phase team. This information is then applied to strategically place students in rotations that align with their personal and professional goals. The Augsburg PA Program is able to create this type of approach by dedicating an entire team to creating student rotation placements, as well as maintaining long-standing relationships with preceptors. We feel this is a crucial aspect of learning to be an effective physician assistant.
Throughout the clinical phase, students will return to campus regularly for examinations and professional development. The examinations are in electronic form or case-based clinical scenarios, including with simulated patients. Professional development occurs throughout the clinical phase and is in collaboration with medical organizations in the Twin Cities area. These activities prepare students for the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certification Examination) and build a solid foundation to be an exceptional physician assistant.