Physician Associate placements can be daunting – you’ll be working in a range of settings and supporting patients with a variety of conditions. There are new colleagues to work with, and newly learned theories to put into practice. This pocket guide is designed to make your placements much more enjoyable and less stressful.
From ABCDE assessment to professionalism, it’s full of practical detail, hints and tips.
- Written by two highly experienced Physician Associate educators with key input from students – this guidance is really produced with you in mind.
- Pocket-sized format – carry it with you at all times.
- Space to make your own notes – be it new terminology, your learning objectives, or just the names of your new colleagues!
Be proactive and make the most of your placements by having this book to hand from the start.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction
1. Preparing for placement
2. Research your placement
3. Attendance, hours and absence on placement
5. Pre-reading and practical preparation
6. Pre-placement modules (organisation-specific)
12. Placement schedule
13. Placement peers
14. Placement contacts
15. Making contact
16. Smart cards / IT access
17.1 Being professional on placements – practical steps
18. Knowing the limitations of your role
18.1 Medications prescription, supply and administration
19. Behaviour outside of university
20. Consent - things to remember
21. How does confidentiality apply to my placements?
22. Guidance on using social media
23. Patient-centred care
24. First day – what to expect
27. Introduction to the team
28. Communication and examination
28.1 Communication with patients
28.2 Communication with other healthcare professionals
28.3 Examination of patients
29. PA student role on the team
30. Making the most of opportunities
31. Making your own opportunities
32. Placement-based assessments
33. What to do if things go wrong
34. Regular meetings with supervisor / team
36. Reflection on learning
37. Preparation for the next placement
38. Keeping a record
39. Placement feedback
40. Structure for medical clerking / history taking / documentation
41. Presenting a patient
42. Common examinations, tests, investigations, and scoring / risk assessment tools, by system
43. Arterial blood gas interpretation
44. Anaphylaxis guidelines
45. ABCDE approach to the deteriorating patient
46. Apps for quick reference