Professionalism and Ethics in Physician Assistant Practice I


First in a three-part series. Fundamental principles of ethics as they are applied during the physician assistant-patient-physician encounters. Professional and ethical evaluation of clinical dilemmas is encouraged through discussion and analysis of issues commonly encountered in the physician assistant scope of practice. Study focuses on the various theories of ethics, beneficence, nonmaleficence, principles of autonomy, informed consent, and issues dealing with the dying patient. Basic principles for gaining and maintaining the confidence of the patient, the trust of professional associates and the support of the community are emphasized. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Fall Only.