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Prepare for every stage of your physician assistant career with Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice, 5th Edition - the one text that takes you from your PA coursework through clinical practice! Concise, easy to read, and highly visual, this all-in-one resource by Ruth Ballweg, Edward M. Sullivan, Darwin Brown, and Daniel Vetrosky delivers the current, practical guidance you need to know to succeed in any setting.

  • Master all the core competencies you need to know for certification or recertification.
  • Access the entire text and illustrations online at
  • Navigate today's professional challenges with new chapters on NCCPA Specialty Recognition; Communication Issues; the Electronic Health Record; Patient Safety and Quality of Care; Population-Based Practice; and Physician Assistants and Supervision.
  • Meet ARC-PA accreditation requirements with coverage of key topics such as Student Safety in Clinical Settings, Health Care Delivery Systems, Population-Based Practice, and Mass Casualties/Disasters.
  • Keep up with the PA competencies that are endorsed by the AAPA, PAEA, NCCPA, and ARC-PA.
  • Master key concepts and clinical applications thanks to a succinct, bulleted writing style; convenient tables; practical case studies; and clinical application questions throughout.
  • Retain what you’ve learned and easily visualize every aspect of clinical practice with a new full-color design and illustrations throughout.
  • Explore global options with expanded coverage of physician assistants in international medicine.

Your purchase entitles you to access the website until the next edition is published, or until the current edition is no longer offered for sale by Elsevier, whichever occurs first. If the next edition is published less than one year after your purchase, you will be entitled to online access for one year from your date of purchase. Elsevier reserves the right to offer a suitable replacement product (such as a downloadable or CD-ROM-based electronic version) should access to the website be discontinued.

"...the second edition of the first book for physician assistants written by physician assistants...expanded and updated to reflect growth in the profession...with seven new chapters, case studies, resource sections, and much more."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416044857
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Series: In Focus Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 960
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.53 (d)

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Overview 1
1 History of the Profession 1
2 Education 23
3 Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, and Licensing 38
Sect. II Core Competencies 50
4 The Political Process 50
5 Public Health Perspectives 70
6 Ethical Issues 102
7 Medical Legal Issues 127
8 Cross-Cultural Perspectives 137
9 Patient Record 157
10 Interviewing and Communication Skills 181
11 Content of the Medical History 197
12 Performing and Recording the Physical Examination 238
13 Utilizing Diagnostic Skills 284
14 Clinical Procedures 311
15 Pharmacology: The Use of Medications 346
16 Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Patient Education 360
17 Utilizing Consultants and Community Resources 369
18 Using the Medical Literature: Lifelong Learning Skills 389
19 Evidence-Based Medicine 413
20 Dealing With Stress and Burnout 429
21 Employment: Building Your Career 439
Sect. III The Health Care System 452
22 Financing and Reimbursement 452
23 Health Insurance and Managed Care 467
24 Ambulatory Services 488
25 Inpatient Systems 512
26 Inner City Health Care 538
27 Rural Health Care 548
28 Alternative Delivery Sites 567
Sect. IV Roles and Settings 576
29 Family Practice and Internal Medicine 576
30 Emergency Medicine 590
31 Pediatrics 648
32 Obstetrics and Gynecology 668
33 Surgery 681
34 Orthopedics 745
35 Dermatology 764
36 Oncology 777
37 Infectious Disease Medicine 786
38 Geriatric Medicine 797
39 Correctional Medicine 823
40 Occupational and Environmental Medicine 844
41 Behavioral Science: Essentials in Practice 874
42 Military Medicine 889
43 Alternative Roles 896
Sect. V Current Issues
44 Critical Incident Stress Management: Managing Traumatic Stress With Group Crisis Intervention 915
45 Health Care for the Homeless 932
46 Dying and Death 941
47 International Health Care 951
48 Residency Programs 962
49 Genetics in Primary Care 970
50 Complementary and Alternative Medicine 977
51 Violence Prevention 989
App. 1 Facts and Timeline in PA History 995
App. 2 Sample Job Descriptions 1001
App. 3 Matrix for Critical Appraisal 1006
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    Great Resource for All PA Students

    This is a great book for aspiring, accepted, current and recently graduated Physician Assistant students. It covers an astounding amount of relevant topics, and I only wish I had owned it earlier!

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