PMM1PA-Physician Associate Pre-Clinical Module

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Simone Magee


Summary module description:
The initial module in the Physician Associate (PA) programme is to provide the core knowledge necessary for students to undertake the subsequent clinical module.

Students will be supported to exercise personal responsibility, undertake decision-making in simple situations and develop the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

This module aims to provide students with a systematic understanding of the basic medical sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, histology, genetics, microbiology, pathology, physiology) together with the principles of patient consultation. The module will also ensure students have a thorough understanding of the NHS and the role of different clinical teams, and the relevant legal and ethical principles.

Assessable learning outcomes:
1.Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the guiding principles and current developments in the NHS, including legal and ethical principles.

2.Obtain and critically interpret evidence from a patient consultation (history, physical examination and mental state examination), determining the requirement for additional information or further investigation in order to determine appropriate patient management.

3.Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of pharmacologic action, the therapeutic indications, side effects and contraindications for medicines used in clinical medicine.

4.Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical knowledge and subject areas covered in the PA core syllabus and critically apply it to relevant case scenarios.

5.Exhibit professional behaviour & probity

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The module will be based around the PA core syllabus (, to ensure that students are adequately prepared for their clinical placements

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The PA programme will recognise that students are undertaking post-graduate study as adult learners. Methods to encourage an appropriate level of learning will include flipped classroom, scenario based discussions, problem based learning.

Students will undertake work-based learning within General Practice and general medicine to familiarise themselves with fundamental clinical practice and assessment. Learning will begin to be contextualised according to the placements that the students are undertaking. Annex 1 indicates the core clinical skills to be covered in PMM1PA (and to be continued during PMM2PA).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 120
Tutorials 120
Practicals classes and workshops 120
Supervised time in studio/workshop 40
Work-based learning 100
Guided independent study 100
Total hours by term 600.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Practical skills assessment 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be required to maintain an online portfolio of learning which at this stage will include a log of reflective learning.

Students will also have in-module assessment of knowledge and its application to clinical scenarios.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 3 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:
Students will be required to sit a 200 question multiple choice paper and a twelve station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Requirements for a pass:
Each individual element of summative assessment must be passed in order to proceed to the next module (including the portfolio, which will be a compulsory pass/fail element, although it will not contribute to the percentage for grading purposes). The pass mark of the examination will be based on current pass requirements for the National Examination.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students are normally permitted one further attempt at the examination, except in certain cases where a student is deemed to be a potential risk to clients in a practical examination.

Students who have failed the Final Examination overall at the second attempt are not permitted a further attempt and are required to leave the University.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: A wide variety of text books is available from the library. Students are advised to purchase own copies of some core texts at varying costs.
2) Specialist equipment or materials: Professional standard stethoscope
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students will need to travel to placements in the community and this could incur additional travel costs if they visit venues geographically further away.

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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