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Ballwegs Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice

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ISBN: 9780323711487

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Ballweg's Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice , 7th Edition

By Tamara S Ritsema, PhD, MPH, PA-C/R, Darwin L. Brown, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA and Daniel T. Vetrosky, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

624 pages
Trim Size 8 7/16 X 10 7/8 in
Copyright 2022
$111.99, Reference




Designed as a highly visual and practical resource to be used across the spectrum of lifelong learning, Ballweg's Physician Assistant, 7th Edition, helps you master all the core competencies needed for physician assistant certification, recertification, and clinical practice. It remains the only textbook that covers all aspects of the physician assistant profession, the PA curriculum, and the PA’s role in clinical practice. Ideal for both students and practicing PAs, it features a succinct, bulleted writing style, convenient tables, practical case studies, and clinical application questions that enable you to master key concepts and clinical applications.

Key Features

  • Addresses all six physician assistant competencies, as well as providing guidance for the newly graduated PA entering practice. 

  • Includes five new chapters: What Is a Physician Assistant, and How Did We Get Here?, Effective Use of Technology for Patient-Centered Care, Success in the Clinical Year, Transitioning to Practice and Working in Teams,  and Finding Your Niche. 

  • Features an enhanced focus on content unique to the PA profession that is not readily found in other resources, more illustrations for today’s visually oriented learners, a more consistent format throughout, and a new emphasis on the appropriate use of social media among healthcare professionals. 

  • Provides updated content throughout to reflect the needs of the PA profession,  including new content on self-care for the PA to help prevent burnout, suicide, and other hazards faced by healthcare professionals. 

  • Guides students in preparation for each core clinical rotation and common electives, as well as working with  special patient populations such as patients experiencing homelessness and patients with disabilities. 

  • Includes quick-use resources, such as objectives and key points sections for each chapter, tip boxes with useful advice, abundant tables and images, and more than 130 updated case studies. 

  • Enhanced eBook version included with purchase. Your enhanced eBook allows you to access all of the text, figures, and references from the book on a variety of devices, as well as exclusive eBook chapters: A Primer on Learning Objectives, A Primer on Item Writing, and A Primer on Team-Based Learning.

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Author Information

By Tamara S Ritsema, PhD, MPH, PA-C/R, Associate Professor Department of Physician Assistant Studies George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, USA Senior Lecturer Physician Associate Programme St. George's, University of London, London, GBR ; Darwin L. Brown, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA, Academic Director School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program Creighton University Omaha, NE, USA and Daniel T. Vetrosky, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, Associate Professor (Ret) Department of Physician Assistant Studies University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, USA

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