Required Reading & Laptop Requirements



Students in Surgery

REQUIRED READING FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Before beginning our program, you must prepare by reading the following books cover to cover. These books will help you become a stronger student and better prepared to start this fast-paced profession.

  • Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking , 11th Edition (a must read - to be read repeatedly - useful advise no matter what PA program you apply for): ISBN-10: 1609137620 and ISBN-13: 978-1609137625. 
  • Study Without Stress: Mastering Medical Sciences by Eugenia G. Kelman. ISBN-10: 0761916792 and ISBN-13: 978-0761916796. 
  • The Nature of Disease: Pathology for the Health Professions2nd Edition, by Thomas H. McConnell. ISBN 13: 978-1609133696 and ISBN 10: 1609133692. 
  • Medical Terminology Systems: A Body Systems  Approach, 7th Edition, by Barbara A. Gylys and Mary Ellen Wedding, ISBN-13: 978-0803629547. 

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  • PROFESSIONAL TASKS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The physician assistant, working with physicians and other health professionals, performs many clinical functions that enable the physician to devote more time to duties requiring his particular knowledge and skill. The physician assistant performs duties based on guidelines established by the state granting licensure. In most settings the physician assistant obtains medical histories, performs physical examinations, orders and interprets laboratory results and other information and assesses and treats common illnesses, including writing prescriptions. Disease prevention and health promotion activities, counseling and patient education are other important services provided by the physician assistant. Successful completion of the National Certifying Examination is required to practice as a physician assistant in Georgia.

  • SKILLS AND INTERESTS SUITED TO A CAREER AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Physician assistants need the ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment in handling emergencies, an orientation toward service and intelligence. A solid background in math and science is helpful as well.

Related career interests include medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and any patient-contact field.