During their second or clinical year, MEDEX physician assistant students have the opportunity to apply and further develop the knowledge and abilities acquired during their first, didactic year. In year two, future MEDEX PAs hone their history taking and physical exam skills while increasing their understanding of diagnosis and treatment under the guidance of an experienced preceptor. They have the opportunity to work with clinicians in family medicine and six specialty areas including emergency medicine, general surgery, behavioral medicine, inpatient wards, underserved and an elective. Students travel throughout the northwest service region and connect with providers— MDs, DOs, PAs and nurse practitioners— working in all aspects of medical care.
Here are some of our students’ clinical year stories, captured in photos, video and their own words.