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The 5 Basic CME Courses for a Physician Assistant

There are many subjects that a physician assistant must be skilled in, from basic suturing to identifying cancerous moles to thoracic vent placement. We at NPI would like to make the skills necessary for your position second nature by offering a broad range of subjects taught with a hands-on philosophy. Below you will find 5 courses good for Physician Assistants that fulfill Prescribed Credits from the American Academy of Family Physicians.


1. Basic Suturing – A valuable course for any physician assistant that will enhance skills of properly stitching small and large wounds, applying staples and closing traumatic wounds. This course is designed to give a complete understanding of the complications that can occur during suturing procedures and how to minimize infection or scaring. Below you will find a short list of objectives covered in the course.

Basic Suturing Course Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants should be better able to:
Review the anatomy of the skin and discuss the physiology of wound healing.
Discuss key elements of the patient history, informed consent and wound care instructions.
Describe indications for skin biopsy and develop skills to perform both punch and excisional biopsy.
Recognize the need for undermining and apply appropriate technique.
Become familiar with local anesthesia and techniques to minimize patient discomfort.
Develop an array of suturing and knot tying skills.
Recognize and manage complications.
Become familiar with concepts for maximizing accuracy and efficiency in billing.

2. Dermatologic Procedures – As the first medical personnel to see a patient it is important to be able to properly identify and diagnose a variety of benign and malignant skin lesions. Our CME course provides a hands-on approach to performing the correct biopsies and cryosurgeries for common dermatologic issues. By adding dermatologic procedure to your practice you have the ability to keep patients in house. Below you will find the main objectives for the course.

Dermatologic Procedures Course Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants should be better able to:
Perform common office skin procedures including skin anesthesia, skin lesion biopsy, cryosurgery, electrosurgery and dermoscopy
Identify various skin lesions that should be biopsied and are surgically treatable in the office
Describe the diagnosis and treatment of various benign and malignant skin lesions
Discuss when to refer patients for subspecialty care
Explain coding and billing issues and pitfalls

3. Exercise (Stress) Testing- As the majority of the population ages it is important to be able to rule out or to properly asses a patient’s heart. We at NPI will prepare you to properly carry out protocols necessary to determine a patient’s cardiopulmonary indicators between abnormal and normal by utilizing the ECG stress exercise test. Below you will find a short list of objectives covered in the course.

Exercise (Stress) Testing Course Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants should be better able to:
Review the epidemiology and presentation of coronary artery disease (CAD) and discuss management options for CAD.
Review the history of ET.
Define the cardiopulmonary and ECG changes with exercise, normal and abnormal.
Review the indications and contraindications for ET.
Discuss the various protocols for ET and learn to set up, perform and interpret ETs.
Present the guidelines for training and the experience necessary for competence.
Review ET cases and alternatives to ET for detecting CAD.
Review the components of exercise prescription.

4. X-Ray – This course is designed to hone your eyes so that you as a physician’s assistant can quickly and accurately identify abnormalities in the chest, extremities, neck, spine, abdomen and sinuses. With this eyes-on course you will be better able to understand cross sectional anatomy and imaging to order the proper x-rays to best diagnose abnormalities found. Below you will find a short list of objectives covered in the course.

X-Ray Course Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants should be better able to:
Learn to view X-rays in a standard sequence each time in order to improve diagnostic accuracy and reduce errors.
Recognize common abnormalities on chest, abdomen, extremity, spine and sinus X-rays.
Learn which advanced imaging tests to order.
Avoid malpractice pitfalls in diagnostic imaging.
Improve ability to interpret cross sectional imaging studies and better manage advanced imaging workups.
Achieve greater professional satisfaction in viewing and interpreting X-rays through increased diagnostic accuracy.

5. Hospitalist Procedures – In the last 15 years, hospitalists have become much more prevalent in the care of inpatients and the Society of Hospital Medicine recently estimated that there are more than 34,000 practicing hospitalists in the United States. For the best in skill and procedure sharping the hospitalist course will help you as an experienced nurse practitioner make the transition to hospitalist’s role or solidify skills as a physician’s assistant. Below you will find objectives for the course.

Hospitalist Procedures Course Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants should be better able to:
Discuss indications, contraindications and technique of procedures commonly performed by hospitalists.
Gain experience with the use of the ultrasound machine in procedures.
Learn pre-procedure evaluation and post-procedure management, including the Joint Commission mandates for Universal Protocol.
Discuss prevention and management of complications of procedures.