CHCS Student Handbook 2018-2019

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 2018–2019 199 Clinical Rotations The clinical year of the program is devoted to hands-on training in clinical rotations. The clinical year consists of nine required rotations: six core rotations and three elective rotations. Students must comply with all policies and procedures of both the clinical sites and NSU. PA students on clinical rotations must maintain a functional cell phone at all times. To facilitate communications, PA students must provide the PA Program with their cell phone number and inform the program of any changes. During the clinical year, PA students will be required to document clinical experiences via a web-based program. Students may elect to print out hard copies of the tracking tables and hand write these clinical experiences for input into the web-based program at each day’s end, or they may elect to utilize a laptop or tablet-device with wireless Internet connectivity and webcam capability. Students will be given training on using the tracking software during the advanced didactic semester. Student Organizations The Benjamin J. Parvin Physician Assistant Student Society of NSU is the program’s formal student organization. This organization was established to benefit PA students, PA professionals, the college’s PA program in Fort Lauderdale, and the surrounding communities. Each PA class also elects student representation within the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Additional Specific Policies Students will have readily available access to the program’s academic and clinical year handbook that will cover respectively all policies, procedures, courses, and rotations appropriate for the curriculum. These handbooks provide more specifics for guidance and governance of the students while in the program. The Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Student Handbook supersedes the Fort Lauderdale PA program handbooks if there are direct conflicts, although the program’s handbooks may be more strict and/or detailed. Fort Myers The Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program—Fort Myers is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistant Education (ARC-PA) and is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association. Dress Code Students in the NSU PA Program—Fort Myers are expected to comply with the dress code as outlined by the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences policy. Health professionals enjoy the respect of colleagues and patients largely due to their expertise, education, and performance. It has been shown that a degree of this respect comes from professional appearance and dress. To that end, the PA program has mandated a prescribed dress code for all PA students. Dress shall be medical business attire during class hours, Monday through Friday. Casual business attire is acceptable on weekends and evenings (after class hours). Sandals and open-toed shoes are not permitted at any time in clinical or practical areas, physical assessment lab, patient simulation, or other clinical sites. Programmatic scrubs in Caribbean blue will NOT be permitted during classroom lectures and examinations. Caribbean blue scrubs (scrub top and bottom must be Caribbean blue and match) may be worn during certain