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Clinical Phase

The clinical phase of the program curriculum provides supervised clinical practice opportunities where students can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to patients in various health care settings. Under supervision of preceptors, students acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. They are exposed to patients across the life span in the disciplines of primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, long term care, and psychiatry.

Beginning with semester V, students participate in 10 rotation experiences over approximately 15 months. Two of the ten rotations are electives.

During each five-week rotation, physician assistant students obtain exposure to the practice of a medical or surgical discipline. As an integral part of the health-care delivery team, the PA student is assigned to and supervised by an attending physician or resident / intern / staff PA team. The PA student obtains complete medical histories, performs physical examinations, develops working differential diagnoses, orders and interprets appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic tests, performs therapeutic procedures, arrives at a final diagnosis and develops a comprehensive treatment plan.

Rotations take place in in-patient and out-patient settings such as hospitals, clinics, private practices, emergency departments, and long term care facilities. We have a wide variety of superb affiliation sites in the greater New York metropolitan area where students come into contact with diverse patient populations. Below is a partial list of our hospital affiliation sites for the 2013 clinical year.

Hospital Affiliation Sites

Atlantic Health System (Overlook Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital)New JerseyPediatrics, Trauma, Neurosurgery
Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC)ManhattanInternal Medicine, Emergency Medicine
Mt. Sinai BIMC Kings Highway DivisionBrooklynEmergency Medicine
Columbia Presbyterian / CornellManhattanInternal Medicine, Transplant, Hematology/Oncology
Jacobi HospitalBronxSurgery, Trauma, Psychiatry
Jamaica HospitalQueensEmergency Medicine, Pediatrics
Jersey Shore Medical CenterNew JerseyEmergency Medicine
Kings County Hospital CenterBrooklynOB/GYN, Psychiatry
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical CenterBrooklynLong Term Care
Lenox Hill Hospital(Northwell Health)ManhattanEmergency Medicine, Cardiology, CT Surgery
Long Island Jewish Medical Center(Northwell Health)NassauInternal Medicine, General Surgery, ENT
NYU Lutheran Medical CenterBrooklynSurgery, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
Maimonides Medical CenterBrooklynGeneral Surgery, Internal Medicine
Metropolitan Hospital CenterManhattanEmergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery
Montefiore Medical Center, North DivisionBronxEmergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
Forest Hills Hospital (Northwell Health)QueensGeneral Surgery, OB/GYN
North Shore University Hospital (Northwell Health)Long IslandOB/GYN, Emergency Medicine
Manhattan VAManhattanInternal Medicine, Surgery, SICU, Neurosurgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterManhattanOncology
Montefiore New RochelleNew RochelleOB/GYN
New York Eye and Ear InfirmaryManhattanENT
NYU Langone Medical CenterManhattanInternal Medicine, Surgery, Long Term Care
Hospital for Joint Disease (NYULMC)ManhattanOrtho
North Central BronxBronxEmergency Medicine, Pediatrics
Riverview Medical CenterNew JerseyPsychiatry, Surgery
St. Alban's VA HospitalQueensLong Term Care
St. Joseph's Medical CenterPaterson, NJSurgery, Internal Medicine
Staten Island University Hospital (Northwell Health)Staten IslandEmergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery
White Plains Medical CenterWestchesterEmergency Medicine
Winthrop HospitalLong IslandNeurosurgery