PMM2PA-Physician Associate 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 clinical module in the Physician Associate programme builds on the core knowledge obtained in the pre-clinical module by integrating academic learning with practical application.

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

This module aims to integrate academic learning with practical application. Students will undertake clinical placements in general practice and secondary care integrated with on-going learning at the university. Students will be able to:

•deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
•continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level through continuing professional development

Assessable learning outcomes:
1.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

2.Use clinical judgment in the diagnosis, management and appropriate referral for the list of patient presentations outlined in the PA Competence and Curriculum Framework and relevant to their area of clinical placement.

3.Demonstrate common core skills and knowledge when working with children, young people and families.

4.Evaluate and apply the principles of pharmacologic actions, therapeutic indications, contraindications and adverse reactions for pharmaceutical preparations relevant to their area of clinical placement.

5.Exhibit professional behaviour & probity

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The module will be based around the PA competency and curriculum framework (

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.

In this module learning from module 1 will be contextualised according to the placements that the students are undertaking. Further learning will also be related in a temporal manner to the placement. Annex 1 indicates the core clinical skills to be covered in PMM2PA (carried on from those already covered in PMM1PA).

Students will undertake work-based learning within General Practice and Secondary Care as they develop their clinical practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 100
Work-based learning 500
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 includes a log of all patient encounters on a daily basis. These logs will allow tutors to assess student’s clinical encounters and the quality of clinical rotation sites. Students will be required to include reflective accounts of critical learning encounters. The portfolio will also contain evidence provided by other healthcare practitioners regarding the performance of the students.

The portfolio will also contain a checklist to ensure the key clinical skills listed in Annex 1 and covered throughout the programme.

Students will also have an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) to assess the application knowledge 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 (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 may 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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